Sunday, July 13, 2008

Clean speech


"Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi said: A person should never produce a disgusting word from his mouth, for we see that the Torah went eight letters out of its way to avoid stating a disgusting word, saying (Genesis 7), 'From the pure animals, and from the animals that are not pure.'"

(The other choice would have been to write 'Tamei,' which refers more directly to a non-pure state.)
(Talmud, Pesachim 3a)

Have a great day,

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