Apr 11, 2011

Power of Words, part 2

Shortly after writing the previous post, I read that Rabbi Yaakov Kamenetzky understood the words of the mishna in Pirkei Avos, "Lo matzasi la'guf tov ele shtika" (I didn't find good for the body except for silence) as follows:

Speaking is hagshama - it makes something megusham-tangible, it invests physical dimensions to a thought.  A thought is not yet in the realm of the physical.  Allow the thought to remain in its sublime spiritual state.

I thought this was an interesting understanding of these words, a more mystical one than I would have expected from him.  It fits nicely with the points in the previous posts.

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