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Audio: The Power of Speech

The Torah's view of the power of the spoken word, and its effect on human relationships.
6/30/2011, 11:58 PM

A7 Radio's "The Shmuz" with Rabbi B. Shafier
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We know that the Torah is very exacting in regards to Loshon Horah: there are 17 negative and 14 positive commandments concerning disparaging speech. In fact, the Rambam paskens like the Gemara, that the sin of Loshon Horah is worse than the sins of Idol worship; illicit relations, and bloodshed. The question is why? Of all of our activities why does the Torah see fit that this one should be dealt with so severely? What is so egregious, so horrific? After all its only words.. ..

This Shmuz deals with the Torah's view of the power of the spoken word, and its effect on human relationships.

Rabbi Ben Zion Shafier is Director of www.TheShmuz.com. His lectures, books and articles have impacted thousands of Jews worldwide. You can hear him on radio in Israel, on Hidabroot in Brooklyn, read his written parsha and video column on Arutz Sheva, or visit his website at TheShmuz.com. On the site you can down load over 200 shmuzin for free, as well as purchase his two books "The Shmuz on the Parsha" and "Stop Surviving Start Living". You may also choose to contact by phone @  1-866-623-TORAH. Rabbi Shafier hosts The Shmuz every Thursday from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Israel time on Israel National Radio.
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