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The Sickness of Judgementalism

Published in Times of Israel by Aryeh Ben David
Posted on April 23, 2018

There is a terrible sickness in the Jewish community. I also have it and can’t seem to get rid of it. I feel contaminated. And this is the time — from Pesach to Shavuot — to work on healing ourselves.

What is the sickness? Judgementalism. We are constantly judging each other. The time has come for us to acknowledge: We have a sick community.

Overwhelmingly I receive the same single answer: “Judgmental people. I really can’t stand being around people who are judgmental.”

Then I ask: “Have you ever met a judgmental Jew?”

The question gets more laughs than any joke. The hands shoot up. Some jokers raise both hands.

In my experience, this phenomenon stretches across the whole Jewish spectrum, defying affiliation, belief, or level of knowledge.

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