I got an email today that in a way fits for this thread, here goes:
"You are invited to court next Tuesday”
The brief message that was hanging on the milkman’s door bewildered
him. He was an honest man who always behaved appropriately. He never
cheated, lied or stole anything. He never drank alcoholic beverages
early in the day – a custom outlawed in the village. He had no idea
why he was invited to court but the baker knew.
The baker used to buy butter and cheese from the milkman for his
baking. One day he suspected that the lumps of butter that the milkman
sold him were under a kilo – even though the milkman insisted that
each was exactly one kilo. The baker decided to check out the matter
and for a period he consistently weighed every lump of butter that he
bought from the milkman. He discovered that they were in fact less
than a kilo. Sometimes they were 900grms, sometimes they were 950grms
and once one was even 850grms.
The baker was angry “Cheating me,” he told his wife angrily, “I am not
going to be quiet about it”. He went to the local court and complained
about the milkman. “We have to prosecute him” said the baker. “We
can’t let him cheat all the villagers, people trust him!”
That same day the court messenger hung a notice on the milkman’s house
inviting him to court. The milkman arrived at the court shaking with
fear. He had never been to a court house and had never spoken to the
Judge. The Judge evoked a sense of fear amongst the villagers.
“I assume you have a very accurate scale in your dairy.” said the Judge
“No your honour, I do not have a scale “said the milkman
“So how do you weigh the butter? Do you just guess that it is one
kilo?” said the Judge
“No G-d forbid, your honour – I am an honest man; it never occurred to
me to do something like that. Very simply I built myself a scale – the
kind that needs a weight on one side to balance the butter on the
other”. The Judge nodded his head, and the milkman continued. “Every
morning when I come to weigh the butter for the baker I place a kilo
loaf of bread on one side of the scale and this way I know that the
butter that I will give to the baker will be exactly one kilo.
So the Judge said…you are telling us that the amount of butter that
you give the baker is exactly the weight of the loaf of bread he
supplies to you?”
“That is it exactly it!” said the milkman and the baker’s face fell.
This is as it is in life…. we receive exactly as much as we give….and
one more thing. …before we set out to judge others; let’s first check
that our own house is in order.
Don’t we have sometimes the same failings that we accuse others of?
Let us remember the saying of chazal: – “Judge yourself first before
judging others;” ………..