Wednesday, April 24, 2013

48 Ways: #20 - Minimizing chatter


Pirkei Avot 6:5 teaches that Torah is acquired in 48 ways, which it lists for us. The twentieth of the 48 is miut sichah, reducing chatter.

This "way" is, I think, self-evident. Aside from the fact that most of us learn more by listening than by talking, the type of chatter indicated by sichah is addictive, drawing a person into pleasant conversation which may be friendly and socially constructive, but which will not add to his scholarship.

Have a great day,

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