As God would have it, Aaron and I reached Mishnah 3:2 in Shekalim. The Mishnah states that one who enters the Treasury Chamber of the Temple should not wear a hemmed garment, or shoes or sandals, or his tefilin, or an amulet. Why? Lest he become poor, and someone say of him: "He is poor as punishment because he stole from the Temple." Or he becomes wealthy, and someone say of him: "He is wealthy because he stole from the Temple."
What do I take from this?
1- If there is a hurtful explanation for someone's behavior, someone will think of it. It does not matter that it is contradictory or that there is no proof, such people will inavariably strive to think ill of their fellows.
2- Nevertheless, it is our responsibility to do what we can to remove all sources of suspicion and to accept this for what it is.