Judge Favourably by Michael Winner/8/2/2012 The days from the 17th of Tammuz until the 9th of Av are commonly referred to as “The Three Weeks”, where joy is diminished. I prefer to call the time between the 9th of Av and Rosh Chodesh Elul as “The Three Weeks”. It is a time that the schools and yeshivas are out. In most religious cities there are “keitanot”, half-day summer camps, run in people’s homes. However, given many different reasons, we have none here. So… we have all the kids home, we both have to work, and accomplish all the errands that we could not do during the past session. Not so easy… sometimes even fun… but certainly testing.My wife this morning took Rochel Leah to the kosher beach in Acco (today it was for the women, tomorrow for the men). She came back with glowing reports about it and given that I’ve have a lot on my plate recently (hence the absence of a dvar torah last week), has told me to go by myself tomorrow morning. I can leave here at 7:15 am, enjoy a nice swim in a practically empty and clean beach, and be back by 11:15 am. How can I turn down such an offer?Next week, we are switching homes with friends of ours in Jerusalem for two days, since we need to do some shopping for things we cannot get here. The day after our return, a family of eight that we’re good friends with, are coming for Shabbos and our traditional Hike of Death. Hopefully, I’ll have a dvar torah next week… no promises though.Okay, on to Torah!“Safeguard the Shabbos day to sanctify it” (Devarim 5:12)Once, when walking down the street on Shabbos, a driver pulled up to Rav Yitzchok Zilberstein to ask how to get to a certain address. Rav Zilberstein became quite upset that this person should have the chutzpah to ask such a question to a very obviously religious person on Shabbos. He was about to express his disappointment with this person, when he noticed that the driver was wearing a stethoscope around his neck and had other medical equipment around him. At that point he realized that this driver was a doctor who was driving to save somebody’s life. It was this incident which reminded him to always try not to jump to negative conclusions, even when it seems “clear cut”.Rav Zilberstein continued with a story of the previous Belzer Rebbe in Tel Aviv.Once, after seeing a car driving by on Shabbos, he yelled, “Mazel tov, mazel tov!” He explained to his chassidim that the people in the car were undoubtedly on their way to the hospital to have a baby. So… he wanted to give them a bracha that it should go well.On another occasion, the Rebbe saw a large truck drive by on Shabbos. Again, he cried out, “Mazel tov, mazel tov!” He answered his confused chassidim, “The woman probably tried to get a regular car to take her to the hospital, but didn’t manage to get one, so she had no choice but to travel in a large vehicle. What do you expect: that she should give birth at home?”With that, I leave you all with a great Shabbos!