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So What Color Is That Dress?

So What Color Is That Dress?

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If you don’t know the answer to the question or if it’s the first time you’ve heard it, you might be living on a different planet. Because over the past 24 hours, the Internet has been abuzz over a picture of a dress. Some people think it’s white and gold. Others see black and blue. Others see light blue or even brown ... so what’s going on?

I’ll let the scientists explain the secret behind it, but there is something powerful to learn from all this.

You might think that a dress is a dress, and we should all agree on exactly what color that dress is. In truth, we all have different kinds of vision, and we all see things differently a lot of time, yet rarely do we notice that fact.

Which reminds me of a very powerful Mishnah in “Pirkei Avot” (2:4) (“The Ethics of Our Fathers”) that says: “Do not judge anyone until you have reached his place.” The modern translation to this phrase is “until you have walked a mile in his shoes.” However, the original phrase is more powerful because it requires you not only to take his shoes and “try them on,” but to reach the person in his place and realize that his eyes may be just as good as yours, even if he sees something completely different.

It’s easy for even-tempered people to judge those who are quick to get angry. “Why do they get so angry? It’s no big deal!” they say. It’s easy for passionate people to see the ones who are not as passionate as passive and uncaring.

So remember: You are not him, and you are not her. You don’t see the world through the same lenses, so try to appreciate their point of view.

For the Jewish people to thrive—and for the humanity to continue do remarkable things—we must recognize the many different colors in creation and the many different ways to see them.

BTW, I saw gold and white. What did you see?

Rabbi Mendy Kaminker is the editor of Beit Chabad, the Hebrew edition of Chabad.org.
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Anonymous so cal March 3, 2015

color of dress I see charcoal brown and light blue. Reply

joni March 3, 2015

White and gold Reply

Anonymous March 3, 2015

gold and white Gold and white Reply

Victor M. Freytas Orlando , Fl. U.S.A. via jewishorlando.com March 2, 2015

A powerful dress indeed. Great words of wisdom, what a lesson!
I admit that I was probably colored blind until I kept on reading. all I saw was that the dress was "stoned washed blue" with drawings of people dressed in some kind of gold clothing. Reply

Dayana Obadya March 1, 2015

Great lesson! This news item did not interest me until you wrote this lesson.

You have opened my eyes to a deeper truth.

Thank you. Reply

Anonymous February 28, 2015

white and gold!
thank you! beautiful. Reply

Predrag Skopje February 28, 2015

This is either monkeyshine or some Psychological trick.

I see bronze and blue.

What do all those different guesses mean now? Reply

Esther Sarah Evans 91240 Jerusalem, ISRAEL February 28, 2015

b"H Yes, it's gold and white - but that's still not right, because the other photo shows the length of the dress as being far too short. The colour of a Beged which shouldn't be worn by any woman or girl is superfluous to say the least...
Shavua tov.
Chag Purim sameach. Reply

John Smith FL February 28, 2015

I see I see.....I see.....I see.......

I see a tactical diversion of conversations in contrast to reality on Earth within the 24 hour streaming web news cycles, which are mostly based on fiction.....

I......I......I......eye

That's what eye see......as a brilliant US leader once said "at this point, what difference does it make." Welcome to "net neutrality" Reply

Steve Schnatz Melbourne via m.jewishbrevard.com February 27, 2015

I see gold and white .Now I hope to hear what I see,another word's there are many other eyes seeing than mine, to see all that is being seen will be by hearing . Thanks Reply

Anonymous Los Angeles February 27, 2015

I see white and gold. Can't imagine blue and black. Reply

Anonymous Farmingdale February 27, 2015

I see blue and light brown Reply

Anonymous SP February 27, 2015

colours... I see blue and black .... Could a new medical condition have been discovered, where people perceive colours differently ?
Or is it all a joke ?
Odd, but let blue be blue.
Shabat Shalom. Reply

Anonymous February 27, 2015

Try mentally changing the light source. (i.e. Is there one behind the camera?) I can't see it as black, but the other options make sense.

This works with the metaphor, but shhh ;) Reply

Jhuda via jewishbrevard.com February 27, 2015

#blueandblack Thanks for the refreshing take from the Torah on this pressing topic :) Reply

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