Thursday, December 12, 2013

Foul Mouths and Dirty Toothbrushes

Question of the Week:


It seems that obscenity and foul language are becoming more and more acceptable. Swear words are used by politicians, sportsmen and even teachers, as if they have become a part of common speech. People don't even bother to write %#*#! any more. What is the Jewish view of dirty language?




Foul language is spiritually unhygienic. It is like scrubbing the toilet with your toothbrush, and then using it as a toothbrush. If you wouldn't do that, then you shouldn't use the same mouth for profanity that you use for words of friendship, love and prayer. Like pure water flowing through rusty pipes, even words of love, when coming from a dirty mouth, cannot help but become stained.


Speech is a powerful gift. When used correctly, the spoken word can build and strengthen relationships, give comfort and support, sometimes even save a life. Our words can lift a heavy heart and inspire a lost soul. Words of prayer can reach the heavens. Words of care can go even higher.


The words we say do not just disappear. They hover around us, forming the air we breathe and the atmosphere in which we live. Holy words create an aura of holiness around us. Words that are obscene, slanderous, abusive or untrue foul the air, like spiritual pollution. These toxic emissions are the most dangerous of all.


In your home, there are two distinct brushes, a toilet brush and a tooth brush. But you only have one mouth. Flush out profanities, and keep the air around you fresh and pure.


Good Shabbos,

Rabbi Moss

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DEC 25 - JAN 1



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Choose from these four classes each day:

Wed 25 December - Tue 31 December


Men's Talmud Shiurim

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Mitzvah of Living in Israel

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Women's Textual Shiurim:


Wed 25 Dec - Parsha Secrets with Dina Gourarie

Thu 26 Dec - Defeating the Zodiac - How Chana's 7 sons confronted the stars with Nechama Dina Moss

Fri 27 Dec - no shiur (please join Rabbi Moss or Rabbi Gourarie)

Mon 30 Dec - Parsha Secrets with Dina Gourarie

Tue 31 Dec - Hidden Meanings of the Amida with Rivka Aaron




Hot Topics with Rabbi Aron Moss for Men and Women


Wed 25 Dec - Should Marijuana be Legal?

Thur 26 Dec - Dinosaurs

Fri 27 Dec - The Rebellious Son in the Torah

Mon 30 Dec - Rabbinic Stance on Child Abuse

Tue 31 Dec - What Percentage Can Charity Collectors Keep?





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Wednesday 25 December- Precious Moments - Time Management with Jewish Values

Thursday 26 December- Managing Conflict Effectively   

Friday 27 December- Masculine and Feminine Energy (a formula from the weekly Parsha)

Monday 30 December - Happiness - Is it Worth Pursuing?

Tuesday 31 December- The Role of Dark Emotions






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Fri 27 Dec- But I Bought it in Israel? Real case studies of what can be wrong with Mezuzot and Tefillin with Rabbi's Gourarie and Israel


Mon 30 Dec - Judaism Versus the Real World - Professional Liability with Rabbi Elie Farkas


Tue 31 Dec- The Luz Bone - its location, purpose and significance with Rabbi Yaacov Chaiton


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