Speaking hurtfully to someone is worse than hitting him. When you hit someone, you affect his body. But words go much deeper.
Moreover, bruises eventually heal. But the negative effects of words may never heal.
If you see someone causing other people pain with words, speak up. Respectfully and courteously tell them that hurting people with words is a crime.
And of course, be careful with your own speech - even when you may be angry.
(see Vilna Gaon - Proverbs 18:8; Rabbi Pliskin - "Consulting the
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