Seeing from the Point of View of Another  A Teaching on Parshat Toldot

Congregation P’nai Tikvah, Shabbat Inspiration given December 2, 2016 | 5777

By Rabbi Pam Frydman

Once there was a king who had four advisors. When the king asked for advice, each advisor would give the king a different answer and the king didn’t know what to do, so he went home and asked his wife, the queen. The queen said, let’s show the advisors that everyone sees things differently and that’s why they each give you different advice. If they can learn to see from each other’s point of view, maybe they can get together and figure out the best way to help you when you need their advice.

The king liked the idea, so he and the queen invited the four advisors to meet them meet them outside the royal barn. The king gave a handkerchief to each advisor and said, “Please cover your eyes with this handkerchief. The queen and I will walk you in and place you near an animal and – just for fun – see if you can guess which animal it is.”

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