The sound of silence!

Friday, 6 May, 2022 - 9:30 am

Passover was spectacular. Packed Seders, awesome services, delectable meals, and of course amazing guests, as we hosted dear friends and my brother Yanky and his beautiful family. On the first day of Chol HaMoed, we did a caravan trip to Yellowstone National Park. Though we’ve been there countless times, it never gets old visiting the Prismatic Springs, Old Faithful and the Fountain Mud Pots. The beauty of Yellowstone is that you can visit in silence, no need to utter a word. You simply ingest the incredible phenomenon’s that G-d created and stand mesmerized in the novelty of nature.

This week, the first week between Passover and Shavuos, we begin studying the six chapters of Pirkei Avot, Ethics of our Fathers. In Chapter one we read “Shimon, son of Rabban Gamliel, said: All my days I grew up among the Sages and did not find anything better for one’s person than silence…and whoever engages in excessive talk brings on sin”. It’s a basic Jewish tenet: speak less and do more. We have countless Torah laws about oaths, pledges, promises and idle talk; it’s intimating to us the power of speech and utilizing it properly.

They say that “a meaningful silence is always better than meaningless words”, or as it is said about a Chassidic Farbrengen “One person remains silent, and everyone listens”. In Yiddish there’s a word “Ploideren”, which means “blabbering”, a sin for which I am guilty on occasion too. We’d all do better if we blabbered less, internalized a bit more and spoke words of wisdom, depth and spirituality, not gossip, vulgarity and superficiality. I’ve been working on myself to be more intentional with my words, why not join me in this journey for the betterment of our fractured world?

Silence is better than unnecessary drama!

May G-d guard our brethren in Israel and the world over from harm and send us Mashiach speedily. May G-d protect the armed forces of Israel and the United States wherever they may be. Shabbat Shalom! Chazak!!! L'Chaim!!!


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