JUICY GOSSIP

Author: Rabbi Stephen Baars What is it about gossip that people find so enjoyable?Do you say things about people that you would not want them to say about you? Why? Do you think there is anything wrong about gossip?Who gets hurt the most: the speaker, the listener,

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Why the Negative?

Author: Rabbi Pinchas Morse The Chumash tells us what happens if we don’t care about each other. Verse The day after he killed the Egyptian, Moshe came upon two Jews fighting (Dasan and Aviram) and tried to intervene. They responded insolently to him and asked if he intended to kill the protagonist as

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Confidentiality

Author: Rabbi Marc Friedman Speech has power. Judaism says that it differentiates us from the animals-our ability to communicate intelligent thoughts elevates us. (Targum Onkelos Breishet 2:7) And yet, as with anything powerful, the flip side is something to be aware of. We look at the tongue

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Lying

LYING[1] Alex is the director of the chemicals division of a large company. He is informed that a team of internal auditors from headquarters will arrive at his door for an audit in 48 hours. His staff prepares as best they can. The day before the auditors

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Loud Libraries

Libraries are usually quiet places to allow for contemplation and concentration. Yet, if you walk into a Torah study hall, you may be surprised at the decibel level and the noise. Why is it that Jews study out loud? Parshat Ki Tavo offers an insight that solves

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