Pirkei Avot, Day 26

Yup! Our sages are telling us that we cannot judge a book by its cover, that it’s what is on the inside that counts, that age does not determine your wisdom.

We often hear these cliched sayings but do we really take them to heart? Or do we continue to judge without knowledge? “Do not look at the vessel, but what it contains.” Our sages aren’t only telling us to not judge a book by its cover, but we are being encouraged to open the book and swim within its words.

I’ve said this many times but it’s necessary, especially now. In order to truly achieve oneness and peace (one day!), we have to seek understanding. This means making it our goal to be curious about someone’s perspective rather than judging it. You don’t have to agree with it but you can definitely aim to understand it.

I want you to think of some people in your life that you simply cannot understand. And ask yourself, have I tried? Have I asked them questions and allowed them to speak without interruption or debate? Have I allowed myself to put my own beliefs aside simply so I can see the world through their eyes? If the answer is no, what are you waiting for? Go. Seek. Understand. You literally have nothing to lose, except some space because you may find yourself becoming closer to that person.

Focus on the contents of the vessel. Do it for yourself as well. You’ll find hidden treasures and closeness that you have not experienced before.

Love you all. I see you from the inside out.

Rabbi Gabi