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Sunday, 18 March 2012 05:40

silence versus tune-out

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-onbusI find myself increasingly able to tune out the world around me. I find I don’t always need a quiet space to think clearly, pray, or meditate. In fact, I meditate quite often on long bus trips.

Thursday, 08 September 2011 17:59

the power of silence

Written by rabbi michael schiffman

art-waveformsSilence is a powerful thing that can be good or bad. If you see a crime being committed and someone being hurt or killed and you keep silent, it is sinful. How many people stood by and watched the Nazi brutes beat up, and haul away Jewish men, women, and children? How many kept silent as Jews went to their deaths? Standing by and saying nothing was wrong.

Sunday, 05 June 2011 06:48

to speak or not to speak

Written by rabbi paul saal

art-speakupSeveral years ago I had the opportunity to attend one of the last public appearances of one of the most renowned philosophers of the last half of the 20th century.  At the outset there must have been 3000 academics, philosophers and theologians who assembled in the auditorium in Toronto to hear the famous man.

Friday, 04 March 2011 23:56

a time to keep silence

Written by rabbi russ resnik

art-listenLet your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone. --Colossians 4:6

Friday, 04 March 2011 23:47

the healing of silence

Written by rabbi michael schiffman

art-sinkshipsSilence is something we try to avoid. If there is silence in a conversation, we feel awkward, and say something just to fill the void in the conversation. The problem is, when people say something just to fill the silence, often the quality of what is said lacks substance. A good example of this is at funerals. Most people, with the exception of undertakers, feel awkward at funerals. We just don’t know what to say. I have heard some of the most thoughtless comments come out of people’s mouths while trying to be comforting.

Thursday, 03 March 2011 06:21

the syntax of silence

Written by rabbi paul saal

art-silentheavenRecently I heard of the business failure of a friend. This was not just anybody, but one of the most generous men I know. Though he is not a wealthy man, he has always been generous giving large sums to charity and always donating his time and talents to the body of Messiah. At times like this it is easy to ask, “where is God?” and “why is He so silent?”

Tuesday, 30 November 2010 18:27

freedom of information?

Written by rebbetzin malkah

art-wileaks

An encrypted cache of uncensored documents that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has circulated across the Internet may ensure that a huge array of secrets will be revealed even if the website is shut down or Assange is arrested.  — online news 12/4/2010

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