Get latest articles and videos with Jewish
inspiration and insights
Why I left one of the most influential Christian families in the world.
Avraham Sinai was a Hezbollah informant who risked his life for Israel.
A tribute to David Menachem Gordon through his own moving words.
Don’t set a double standard for Israel on norms of war.
The Jewish prayer may have stopped a would-be suicide bomber who was Jewish.
We don't need hard times to love each other. Let’s keep the unity strong.
8 tips to help you cope.
We never really knew him.
Rather than wallowing in self-pity, Jews have always taken responsibility.
When not knowing is true wisdom.
A Jewish perspective on the tragedy of suicide.
I learned a valuable lesson that fretful Friday: it’s best to not judge other people.
Avoiding the trap of living parallel lives in a marriage
Lying in the bed she had no questions. Sitting at her side I had no answers.
This couple has nothing common. What is the secret to their happy marriage?
Six tips on how to break up like a mensch.
Without looking like a stalker!
Why her and not me?
A burst in technology, a drop in morality, and the Jewish return to Israel are all predicted as precursors to the Messiah.
The Bible is the best selling book in human history. Its moral, spiritual and even political impact has been profound and unmistakable. How did that come to be?
So you think you know alot about Hamas?
Practical and relevant insights on the weekly parsha.
Advanced-level midrashic and Kabbalistic illuminations on the weekly parsha.
Lessons, stories and discussion questions for parents and kids.
Try your best, and God takes you all the way.
All you need to know. Share it with friends and family!
Attaining at-onement this Yom Kippur.
How can there be objective laws that govern something as subjective and personal as Teshuvah?
The struggles and successes of Robin Williams seem to mirror those of the Jewish people.
Anti-Jewish Media Bias Through the Ages including: Egyptian Pharoh claims 10 plagues completely disproportionate response to slavery.
The "Settlement Freeze" may be over, but the media bias isn't.
Must-see video if you or somebody you know is critical of Israel.
Support Israel's efforts to stop the Hamas rocket attacks.
The Middle East conflict explained through school bullying.
July 29, 2012
July 23, 2013 4:37 PM
consciousness is selfish.
He didn't care about the tree until it started affecting his well being, suddenly the life of the tree mattered. That is the way we should look at nature, if it dies we die, that is a fact.
April 10, 2013 11:38 AM
STORY OF MY LIFE.
October 5, 2012 9:30 AM
spooky! i' glad my words aren't controlled by a magic tree!
August 3, 2012 5:48 AM
Too long and condadescending.
August 1, 2012 12:42 PM
Sorry, all out of trees
Never going to happen in "real" life.
There wouldn't be any free will.
or, Maybe the tree only sheds leaves when his words aren't "meaningful."
That would REALLY kill our free will.
Still, the message is there.
As my friend's watch blinks at him:
"Watch Your Words!"
August 1, 2012 2:25 AM
Richard writes: "Our sages tell us that a person is predestined to expire after having spoken their allotted number of words they will utter in their life. " --
Just to be precise, though the Talmud does not mention this teaching, a few Chassidic rabbis in the past two hundred years have thought it. R' Elimelech of Nidov and Rabbi Naftali Zvi Horowitz of Ropczyce are examples.
July 31, 2012 11:02 PM
This could be misleading
I understood that Hashem only counts our words which have no use [Devarim Betelim] - but words of Torah. friendship, Chizuk, making Sholom, Kiddush Hashem etc etc - are not included. On the contrary - Marbeh Torah - Marbeh Chayim.
July 31, 2012 2:19 PM
Chofetz Chaim certainly directed us this way.
The answer is an unqualified yes. We learn from the great Chofetz Chaim that our speech is extremely powerful and that we need to guard our speech carefully. Other sages taught, "Say little & do much." Even in a parody of Kenny Roger's "The Gambler" we hear the words (translated from the Yiddish) :go not where it's forbidden and DON'T SAY WHAT YOU DON'T HAVE TO. How many of us get "hung by the tongue?" We've heard that Goliath was slain by "the jawbone of an ass." How many relationships, sales, etc have we destroyed with that same weapon?
July 31, 2012 1:55 PM
This video is SUCH a powerful illustration.Thank you Aish for letting us see it. Our sages tell us that a person is predestined to expire after having spoken their allotted number of words they will utter in their life. Therefore he or she should make the best efforts to talk only words of Torah and of good deeds to the best of their ability.
Display my name?
Your email address is kept private. Our editor needs it in case we have a question about your comment.