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?