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Saturday, June 27 • 2:00pm - 3:10pm
Sh'mirat Halashon: The Mitzvah of Mindful Speech

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“Guard your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking guile.  Turn away from evil and do good.  Seek peace and pursue it.”  (Psalms 34:14-15)  The Hafetz Hayim (Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan, Poland, 1838–1933) writes that the mitzvah of “minding our tongues” is the central practice of righteous living, a key to being the best human beings we can be, and a gateway to a host of other mitzvot. 

Studying segments from the Hafetz Hayim’s famous work, “Sh’mirat Halashon,” “Mindful Speech,” we will consider some of the following questions:  What is so important about the ethics of speech?  Why is it so difficult for us to live up to the standards of speech to which we aspire?  What are some of the implications of speech for human conflict?

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Amy Eilberg

Director, Pardes Rodef Shalom Communities Program
Rabbi Amy Eilberg is the first woman ordained as a Conservative rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. She serves as the director of the Pardes Rodef Shalom Communities Program, helping synagogues and Jewish organizations place the pursuit of peace in interpersonal relationships... Read More →

Saturday June 27, 2015 2:00pm - 3:10pm PDT
Student Center Ballroom C

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