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Saturday, 17 December 2011 20:58

standing strong

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-angerStanding up for what you believe in is a good thing. In fact, this is a value one can find in a number of religions and philosophies of life.

Sunday, 04 September 2011 10:03

heavenly silence

Written by rabbi russ resnik

art-silent-skyWhen the Lamb broke the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for what seemed like half an hour (Rev. 8:1, CJB).

Silence is the last thing we’d expect in heaven—the scene of unending worship and praise.

Thursday, 02 December 2010 10:20

controlling the tongue

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-yesnoYaakov’s short letter is loaded with instructions regarding proper speech. Yaakov reminds us that we oughtn’t swear by anything, but let “yes” and “no” suffice (5:12). He instructs us to not judge others with our words (4:11-12). He warns us to not speak as if we know our future (4:13-16). Yaakov speaks eloquently about the power of speech and the difficulty people have in controlling their tongues. He explains that one's mouth shouldn’t be able to both speak praise of God and evil against people – this is deep hypocrisy (3:1-12). In the beginning of his letter, Yaakov speaks of the value of silence:

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