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Visitor Comments: 15

(13) Anonymous, March 27, 2014 5:10 PM

I can go a whole day without speaking

I can safely say that as I live alone and speech is wasted on my pets - except for 'din din' or 'chow chow' depending on if it's a cat or dog I'm talking to. I do say 'hello' to the birds when I uncover their cage in the morning. Apart from that, unless I go out, the only words I say are comments of annoyance at some character in a tv soap.

(12) Anonymous, November 13, 2013 10:05 PM

Taanit Dibur

In my highschool, they gave us the challenge of a not speaking from when we went to bed at night until about 2 o'clock (micha gedolah) the next day. It was one of the most powerful experiences I have had. I even continued it the first year I was out of school. It really makes you think about the power your words can have! The first words you spoke were thought out carefully! Everyone should definitly try it!

(11) Zamira Rajchgod, November 13, 2013 5:09 PM

I like your challenge but...

Dear Lori: I like this chalenge, knowing it will be a difficult one for me; to keep quiet for 1/2 a day. But I will do it & let you know how it went. BUT can I let my husband in on it? He'll be SO have a quiet me.

(10) Anonymous, November 13, 2013 6:11 AM

Where does it say.2.

Indeed i would also like to know where it is written. and indeed if one can claim it is Torah based, you need to be able to say from where you got it.

Geoff, November 14, 2013 10:32 AM

Pirkei Avot

There is a mishna in Pirkei Avot (Ethics of our Fathers) which says as follows - '17. Shimon his son said: All my days have I grown up among the wise and I have not found anything better for a man than silence. Studying Torah is not the most important thing rather fulfilling it. Whoever multiplies words causes sin.'. I hope that helps.

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