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Internet Filtering – It Starts With Your Mouth

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It is anything but coincidental that Parshas Maatos always falls out during the 3 weeks, and often, as it did this year, during the 9 days. The knowledge of how to properly use our power of speech, which was so apparent to Moshe Rabbeinu that it didn’t require a lead-in pasuk to let all know that it was a commandment from Hashem, is the very reason the second Beis Hamikdash was destroyed, and that close to 2,000 years later we still cry on the floor on Tisha B’av, mourning it’s loss. We unfortunately still display sinas chinam, senseless hatred of our fellow man, and espouse lashon hara, verbally degrading our fellow human being, and abuse and defile the gift of dibbur even when conversing with our Creator.

We hold the key to the ultimate geulah and the blueprint to the Binyan Shelishi – the third and final Beis Hamikdash. Yes, the Three Weeks have passed, yes another Tisha B’Av has come and gone, but we can still take an introspective pause and think of how we should be using the power of speech. We can still take the time to understand that our words and actions are the most powerful weapons we have to fight the Yetzer Hara. Once we have successfully implemented the filter on our mouths we will, with Hashem’s help, merit the syattah d’Shmaya with all the other filters we employ to protect us from the evils of the Yetzer Hara that seemingly lurk at our every corner, and be zoche to prepare for the Yom Tov of Tisha B’av!

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About the Author: Shmuel Zundell, a second generation contributor to the Jewish Press, was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He received a Masters in Business Administration from New York University. He currently resides in Chicago with his wife and children.


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One Response to “Internet Filtering – It Starts With Your Mouth”

  1. Please, read the article about Jewish wedding written by Yori Yanover and his racist -blood cell accounting, also some other bad stupid comments and ''kosher''articles… and than preach your ''We use inappropriate language, make inappropriate statements, and defile the gift of speech by speaking offensively, and insulting our fellow human beings.'' Does HaShem love hypocrisy! I'm sure he doesn't.

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