Monday, 19 October 2009

R.S.R. Hirsch on Avot 1:11

Q: Why does careless or reckless speech trigger the punishment of Galuth?

A: Just as careless behaviour may inadvertantly lead to manslaughter and be punished by Galut, similarly careless speech may lead or cause a similar snowballing of events "moral maslaughter"

Also see R.S.R. Hirsch who shows how Golah is leaving the sheltered waters and veering off into the perilous Waters. (Siddur p. 426) Yishar KIach to R. Hirsch who has made this parallel come alive


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