Life takes amusing turns. When Harry first started this Friday night thread (would anyone believe six full years ago), my first reaction was not positive. I even asked him to consider giving up the thread. Harry, however, proved more stubborn than I.
And now, like many others, I look forward every Friday to seeing and reading this thread, not only to see what portion of the Torah Harry has chosen to share with us but to the responses of our various members. And yes, to ponder on the meaning beyind the words of the post. Simply stated - Thank you, Harry.
As to judging, however, perhaps one of the shortcomings of religion in general. Indeed in the Old Testament it is written that we shall be judged as we judge others. That ain't necessarily so, however, for sometimes no matter how fairly we attempt to judge, the person behind the thing under scrutiny (a wine, a book, a film, an opera) has too deep an ego-involvement and cannot perceive our attempted fairness. Thus, no matter how reasonably one judges, the judgee is quite sure you are merely one of those s.o.b.'s.
As to the New Testament, where it is written: "Judge not, lest thee be judged", equally problematic, for "judging" or, if one wishes "criticism" is the most human of all forms of behavior. We thinking creatures we judge/evaluate everything we encounter. Is this person tall or short; is this automobile well or badly designed; is this a good or a bad bottle of wine; is this person intelligent or not. Judgements are even more basic - e.g. is this garnet or dark ruby; is this statement logical or illogical. Judgement, and the ability to act in fairness and in justice on our judgements is the last stronghold against the barbarians. As to just who the barbarians might be - quite simple - us, after we stop using our critical powers.
With apologies for a minor diatribe but with that apology my best wishes to all for whatever Shabbat they may choose to celebrate it.