The Art Of Listening

“Moses’ father-in-law Jethro, sheik of Midian, heard about all that God had done for Moses and His people Israel when He brought Israel out of Egypt.” (Exodus 18:1) What did Jethro hear about that made him come? The Splitting of the Sea and the war with Amalek (Rashi).

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Ethics of Speech

On Rosh HaShana blow 100, 4 groups: three of thirty – murder, adultery, idol worship, last 10 are for Loshon Hora. Loshon Hora is likened to these three most horrible sins, it is the last , therefore it contains the essence of human failure. What is Loshon

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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 he

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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

Rabbi Tanchum Burton 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

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Loud Libraries

(Based on the teachings of Rav Yaakov Weinberg zt’l) 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

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Day 105-The Folly of Revenge

Author: Sefer Chofetz Chaim SEFER SHMIRAS HALOSHON The Folly of Revenge The Sages teach that a single Jew’s sin adversely affects the entire Jewishpeople. This is because, as mentioned above, all Jews stem from a singlesource and are like one. When one organ of a body is

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The Art of Manipulation

A few years ago I was attending a conference, and I heard a talk by Bob Burg, a motivational speaker and lecturer who specializes, I think, in sales, marketing and communication strategies that promote professional success. The title of the book which he handed out at the

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Truth and Consequences

Author: Rabbi Ari Kahn and Sam Veffer Distance yourself from a false matter; and do not commit to death the innocent and righteous, for I will not justify the wicked.(Exodus 23:7) Define the Terms The Torah is the source of Jewish Law but very often it appears

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