As my grandmother got older, her eyesight deteriorated. She was nervous that people would think she wasn't friendly because she didn't greet them when passing them on the street. In truth, she didn't say hello because she hadn't seen them.
So, did most people jump to the conclusion that my grandmother was a snob because she failed to acknowledge them? Or, did they come up with the right conclusion that she hadn't seen them?
The other day I came across an article titled Judging Favorably: A Middos Workshop based on the shiurim of Rav Dovid Siegel which began with an incident where Rav Shimon Schwab chanced upon a community leader eating treif food and judged him favorably.
Click here to read the story.
Yesterday I received an email with information about a contest to complete a story by judging a person's actions in a positive light.
Click here to read the beginning of the story and then try to compose a favorable ending.
Finally, click here to download a submission form.
I think it's a great idea to discuss over the Shabbos table. Why not train the family to give people the benefit of the doubt?
Here's a wonderful story about the world's oldest newlyweds.