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The Compassionate Life by Marc Ian Barasch

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5

THE GOOD EYE

Whenever catching sight of othersLook on them with an open, loving heart.

—Patrul Rinpoche

THE GREAT NINETEENTH-CENTURY JEWISH MYSTIC LEVI Yitzchok, the Rabbi of Berditchev, was known throughout Europe as the Master of the Good Eye. It was said that he could see nothing of people’s sins, only their virtues. He’d roust the local drunk from his stupor on High Holy Days, seat him at the head of the table, and respectfully ask for his wisdom. He’d noodge a man who’d publicly flouted the Sabbath by praising him as the only one in the village who wasn’t a hypocrite. He extended his caring to all, whether powerful or impoverished, scholarly or simple, righteous or reprobate.

The rabbi’s inspiration was a Talmud passage that calls for ...

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