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via Lma’an Yishme’u

The tzaddik R. Nachman of Breslov once said, "In our childhood we learn to speak, and as we age we learn to keep silent. That's the problem! We learn to speak before we learn how to keep silent..."

(טללי תשובה ע' 219)

Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel said, "All my days I have grown up among chachomim (the wise) and have found nothing more beneficial for a person than silence." Rabbi Akiva said, "A fence around wisdom is silence."

(אבות א,יז, ג,יג וברע"ב, פסחים צט ע"א)

In Eretz Yisroel they would say, "Speech is worth a sela, silence is worth two,"

(מגילה יח ע"א)

Since the power of speech is an expression of the Shechina within a person, one must try to use it forholy purposes. For this reason, the tongue is hidden in the mouth, just as a treasure is kept concealed and locked.

(ראשית חכמה שער הקדושה פי"א)

R. Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev would explain the possuk, "One should not desecrate his word; whatever leaves his mouth he should fulfill," to mean that if one guards his speech, everything he says will be fulfilled by HaShem.

(קדושת לוי פ' מטות)


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