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January 21, 2017 / 23 Tevet, 5777

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Guard Your Tongue

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Words have tremendous power. They can console and comfort yet also destroy and humiliate. Jewish texts are replete with references to the power of speech and the enormous responsibility people have in guarding their words. Our Sages say that anyone who insults another person has no share in the world to come, and that the sin is equivalent to the murder of the insulted person. They also teach us that the second Temple was destroyed because people were not careful with their relationships with people. Insulting and hurting people became the norm rather than the exception.

There is an old Yiddish saying that “a shmeis dergeit uber a vort derbleibt,” a physical strike one will eventually recover from, but a hurtful word will always remain. Words have the ability to linger and to be remembered. When people say a hurtful word to their spouse or their children it will never be totally forgotten and often will be brought up as a sore spot in their relationships.

Our Sages comment further that Almighty G-d created many guards to protect the human being against stimuli that would hurt their soul. Eyelids were created to block out harmful stimuli to the eyes, ear lobes may be placed into the ear to avoid hearing something undesirable. The power of speech, however, was given two guards, the teeth and the lips. It would seem that Almighty G-d wants to underscore the importance and the potentially dangerous power of speech. He thus placed two guards to emphasize the importance of guarding ones tongue from saying hurtful things. People must realize the enormous destructive potential of words-and yet its powerful potential for doing good and shaping the very history and future of humanity.

It is interesting to note that when a man and woman marry, before the words “Harei at mekudeshet li” (Thou are betrothed to me) are recited, the couple is forbidden to have any physical contact. Once these words however are said, this stringency is gone.

This is the power of our words!

This problem of speech control not only affects adults but also children in Day Schools and Yeshivot. Middle school students can be absolutely cruel to each other saying things that destroy the very worth of another child, while High School students, in an attempt to be accepted by their peers, do the same. This problem is exacerbated in a mixed environment. Since high school is a time when many students place their relationships with their peers above their academic achievement in school, studies have shown that in co-ed schools, girls are afraid to express their views in fear of not being accepted by the boys or their peers in the class. This follows from simply not answering in class to not defending another student who is the victim of taunting.

It is imperative that we teach our children the importance of guarding their speech. How we impart this message impacts directly on how they will behave when they become adults. They need to see adults modeling this self-control at all times.

Thus our first focus must be to sensitize the teaching staff to the importance of their speech. Teachers have a tendency to talk about parents and students in a venue that is not befitting a professional relationship. Often they denigrate students behind their backs assuming that no one hears them, when all the while a child is listening. Teachers, like parents, must be role models for their students. Their behavior has a profound impact upon their student’s behavior.

I remember our school dedicating one entire week to this subject. Every day, for one hour, the children were charged with the task of not speaking lashon harah, sharpening their senses on the importance of guarding ones tongue from speaking evil.

Just as a single word has the power to hurt or heal, that single lesson where students were made aware of the power they yield had a tremendous effect on the entire school. With these small steps, students learned sensitivity, teachers learned the proper forum for student discussion, and everyone became unspoken role models for each other. Indeed, for that week, hearing someone say, “Shhh! It’s lashon harah!” was a common occurrence in the halls of our school.

It is a lesson that should be taken beyond the four walls of a school, in shuls, community centers, offices, or any social network. To achieve this end would strengthen relationships and promote unity and good will amongst the Jewish people. Something we all desperately need.

Rabbi Mordechai Weiss

Security Guard Shot, Critically Wounded in Attack on Moscow Choral Synagogue

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

A security guard was shot by an assailant during an attack over the Sabbath at Moscow’s largest synagogue, the Moscow Choral Synagogue.

This is the same synagogue which then-Israeli Ambassador Golda Meir and the first official Israeli delegation to Russia visited and attended services during their posting to Moscow.

Interior of Moscow Choral Synagogue, Russia's largest and most prominent Jewish house of worship.

Interior of Moscow Choral Synagogue.

Svan Ivan Borisovich, age 40, arrived at the scene with a gun and a canister of flammable liquid during later afternoon prayers, according to Interfax, and attempted to enter the building with 150 worshipers inside, saying he was going to burn down the building.

The house of worship, located on Bolshoy Spasogolinschevsky Lane in central Moscow, is the largest and most prominent Jewish house of worship in Russia.

Security guards at the site blocked him from entering and attempted to take the man across the street, at which point he withdrew the gun and shot one of them. The guard sustained gunshot wounds in the head and chest.

The other guards overpowered the attacker and held him until police arrived and arrested him. The wounded guard was rushed to a hospital, where he is listed in critical condition, according to Mediazone.

The suspect told reporters as he was taken away by police that he had opened fire and carried out the attack “for Russia.”

Hana Levi Julian

IDF, Border Guard Forces Capture 6 Fugitives, Weapons-Making Facility

Monday, September 19th, 2016

IDF soldiers and Border Guard police officers carried out a joint operation in Judea and Samaria overnight.

At least one member of the Hamas terrorist organization was arrested by the forces. Five other fugitives living in the Palestinian Authority were also arrested during the night. All are wanted in connection with terrorist activities and rioting.

IDF soldiers also seized equipment and tools that were being used to produce weapons in the city of Shechem.

During the operation, Arab residents threw rocks at the forces. The attackers were captured and taken into custody for questioning.

Hana Levi Julian

Border Guard Female Officer Wounded in Rock Throwing

Monday, September 12th, 2016

A female Border Guard officer was injured from a barrage of stones thrown at her unit by Arabs in a village near Tekoa in Gush Etzion.

The officer received first aid and was evacuated for further treatment in a hospital.

David Israel

Border Guard Arrest Suspect Armed with Knife at Shuafat Check Post

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

A suspect, 18, who arrived at the Shuafat refugee camp check post on his way to enter eastern Jerusalem was arrested after a search through his bag revealed a knife that had been wrapped in order to conceal it. Border Guard police who were alerted neutralized the suspect, took his knife and arrested him for interrogation.

The Shuafat refugee camp was established by king Hussein of Jordan in 1965 to house Arabs whose families had come from Jerusalem, Lydda, Jaffa and Ramleh areas, after the Mascar refugee camp in the Jewish quarter of the Old City had been closed. Coming into Jerusalem from the Shufat refugee camp the terrorist could find targets for stabbing in the nearby Jewish neighborhoods of Pisgat Ze’ev, French Hill, and Ramat Shlomo.

David Israel

Train Guard Describes How He Captured the Terrorist [video]

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

The train guard describes, in his own words, how he captured the terrorist who was going to explode a bomb on the Jerusalem Light Rail:

(Video at the bottom of the article)

“As I’m watching the entrance to the train, I saw a man wearing a hat, glasses, a knapsack on his back, leaning on the wall and he’s scanning the train station left and right.

I approached the man, and questioned him, I said something wasn’t right.

I asked him to put down his knapsack.

He refused.

I immediately spun the man around, using reasonable force, I placed him against the wall, and checked him.

I took the knapsack off him, and saw a small bag inside. I lifted the bag up and saw the bomb.

I immediately knocked him down onto the ground.

Bomb Robot - July 17, 2016

A police sapper continues the story:

Two civilians approached me, they said there is a terrorist.

I ran to Yafo street and I saw the train guards who yelled there’s a terrorist, who was already on the ground, with guns pointed at him.

I understood there was a knapsack and inside was a pipe bomb. I moved everyone away…

The reaction of the train guards, who got there quickly, and the police, we cordoned off the area, and worked orderly to deal with the bomb.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Female Terrorist Caught Near Tomb of the Patriarchs

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

A female Arab terrorist was caught on Thursday morning at around 9:40 AM with a knife in her bag as she approached the Tomb of the Patriarchs, Maarat Hamachpela, in Hebron.

The woman, from the village of Yata, raised the suspicions of the Border Police who told her to stop while they checked her.

The woman was arrested. No one was injured.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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