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Friday, 03 June 2011 18:23

silence as bitul

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-mirrorThe difference between self-expression and communication is fairly simple. Self-expression does not require listening or silence, while communication involves both.

Friday, 04 March 2011 23:44

silence is praise

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-siddur2Silence is not one of the first things that comes to mind when thinking about the davening experience. Any given service is saturated with words, words that one must say to fulfill one’s obligation to pray before God. Still, I cannot help but be struck that the Talmud states that the sages took one hour to meditate before praying (B. B’rakhot 30b). We also know the amidah is closed with a moment of silence (see B.Megillah, Ch. 2). This means silence is an essential feature of preparation for, and conclusion of, prayer.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010 18:44

the littlest member

Written by riverton mussar

art-whisper“Come, my children, listen to me, and I will teach you to fear Hashem. Who is the man who desires life, to love each day and see only goodness in them? Let him then guard his tongue from speaking evil and his lips from speaking deceit. Turn away from evil and do what is good, desire peace and pursue it.” — Psalm 34

Tuesday, 30 November 2010 18:29

silence is golden

Written by rebbetzin malkah

art-groupShimon ben Gamliel said: I have grown up among the Sages all my days, yet I have never found anything better for a person than silence. Study [of Torah] is not the main thing, but the doing [of Torah] is. And all who speak too much bring on sin. Avot 1:17

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