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In Honor of Purim: Why we don't wear shoes on Yom K'Purim

Many people ask me the origins of my teaching: "no criticism, no complaints, no condemning (including accusing, blaming, abusing) and minimal conflict." One important source is found in tractate Baba Ganoush 69b, where Rabbi Yosi HaNegbi (Joseph, from the south) says, "Before you abuse, criticize and accuse, - walk a mile in my shoes." Several problems arise from this statement.

First, it is a well-known, though controversial, dictum in Talmudic thought that 'all commandments require i...

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