There are many cases where people have turned their lives around in a most remarkable fashion. We have stories of former drug addicts who become prominent contributing members of society, alcoholics who remain sober and upright members of a community and people who have been in prison for whatever reason who follow a law abiding life once they are out. These people must be stronger than the negative perceptions thrown up through their former lives and associates. They succeed despite the best efforts of the media and the meddlers around them, to destroy them.
People generally do live up to expectations imposed upon them by social leaders. If the social leaders of a community are stern and judgemental, then you will find little sympathy for those weaker members of the community.If a person has a weakness, he or she should be helped to acknowledge and overcome their weaknesses but not be judged personally by their actions.
What is Teshuva? It is literally to return to a correct way of being and lifestyle. It is not about the concept of good and evil. It is about correcting one's way of living life and dealing with others in a
G-Dly and holy way. If we look beyond into the essence of the soul, we then understand that our actions here in this world create an image in people's minds of who we are and that image is dependent on what we say, think, eat, write, act on and what we do. It is both very complex and very simple in essence.
How connected are you personally to G-D? Do you try to renew or refresh that connection every day?
As a Jew I do - in what I eat, pray, think and say (in the majority of cases, I am successful with lashon hara, but at times you err without realising it and need to make rectification quite often).
It pains me to read papers nowadays and I don't because when I do, I invariably get upset by what I read. Somethings, I think about for days afterwards.
Lately we have had a spate of media reports about someone who has not gone to trial yet and the papers have published his picture and 'convicted him' before the courts have even had a chance. That is wrong. Even if you are 100% sure this person is guilty, you are not the judge and jury of others. That is what lynch mobs are about and it is not justice.
This man has family and what is worst children of his own. How do you think they feel seeing their father's name plastered over a paper and condemned before he goes to a trial. What must go through the mind of a young teenager and what of the man's parents. I think we should at times shut up and have some respect for justice and fair play.
Innocent until proven guilty and if not, exonerated completely.