Have you ever endured the ugliness of having to step cautiously past a comatose vagrant and his smelly bundles blocking the entry to a store you’re trying to patronize? I know what you’re thinking. “Our rabbi lacks mercy for the homeless,” right?
Have you ever visited a home where the parents are meticulously raising monstrous little brats by bribing them for basic compliance? Did you have to stop yourself from rolling your eyes as mom and dad yielded to a toddler’s terrible tantrum? Are you thinking that your rabbi lacks kind feelings for children?
Many employers fail to demand adequate performance from certain classes of employees thereby imposing additional pressures on other employees who are not deemed worthy of special compassion. Even in education, many grades and admissions are not bestowed impartially but on the basis of compassion.