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  • Writer's pictureRabbi David Paskin

Don't Judge a Book By It's Cover

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From Rabbi David

Children riding bikes

Pharaoh's dreams don't make any sense at all. The thin, weak cows somehow devour the healthy, strong cows and the thin and scorched ears of grain consume the solid and healthy ears of grain. It's counter intuitive. Maybe that's why these dreams bothered Pharaoh so much that he needed to call upon Joseph to interpret them for him.

We all know Joseph's interpretation. I wonder if we can also learn that we shouldn't judge a book by it's cover. Just because these cows look the way they look, we shouldn't judge their capacity to devour the healthier cows. Maybe it was their desparation and extreme hunger that gave them the strength they needed to over come the stronger animals.

We are so quick to judge based on what we see rather than give each person we meet the opportunity to prove themselves and their full capacity. We teach children every day to take risks, try to go beyond their comfort level and give everyone the benefit of the doubt. It isn't only others we need to believe in - it's ourselves.

We want our children to dream BIG and gain the confidence to do things that no one imagined they could!

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