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Knowing the Person

Parshat Tazria (Leviticus 12:1-13:59)

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/knowing_the_person_20030404

Did you ever notice how we tend to make up our minds so quickly that we become closed to ideas that might change our opinion? Recently, I came across the following sign prominently displayed on an executive's desk that succinctly summarized it: "Don't confuse me with facts -- my mind is already made up." If that is true about life in general, it is even truer about the way we judge people. We rarely give people much time before we decide what we think of them. It is this very point that Judaism teaches in a fascinating fashion in this week's Torah portion.

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