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Sefarim on proper speech?

Besides for the classic and wonderful Sefer Shemiras HaLashon by the Chofetz Chaim, are there other Sefarim (English or Hebrew) that discuss mussar/hashkafic/positive aspects of proper speech? I am ...
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Rambam or the Rambam? [duplicate]

It has become regular that when referring to Rambam (and many Rishonim like Rosh, Tosfos etc) people say THE Rambam instead of omitting the seemingly redundant THE. Is there are a reason for this? Why ...
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Talking In Bathrooms

The Rema in או"ח סי' ג סעיף ב says that it is impermissible to talk in the bathroom. The Mishna Berura adds the Gemara in Berachos 65b, that even in order to let someone trying to enter know that ...
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What happens when you jokingly said 'I'm a nazir'?

If somebody gave you a bottle of wine, and you say I don't drink. They ask why, and you answer, jokingly 'I'm a nazir'. Did you take on a vow even though you only intended to joke?
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Not Your Business, Not Lashon Hara

If you overhear someone talking about you, “he just got into a car accident, or “his wife just got into a car accident,” and it’s not technically lashon hara since it’s not technically negative. Yet, ...
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What does it mean when G-d speaks or one hear His Voice? [duplicate]

I'd like to post a slightly odd question. When G-d speaks what does this mean? As we know, G-d is not corporeal; does not have any physical characteristics/body. Yet it’s still possible to produce ...
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"Evil" thinking vs. lashon hara

If a person's explicit verbiage about someone else is benign on the surface, but has an unexpressed and somewhat nasty thinking behind it, is this considered lashon hara? Are there any guidelines or ...
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Does Shemot 23:13 literally mean Marvel & DC Comics are forbidden?

Does Shemot 23:13 literally mean Marvel & DC Comics are forbidden? "and the name of the gods of others you shall not mention; it shall not be heard through your mouth." ( וְשֵׁ֨ם ...
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Leaving a phone perpetually on on the Sabbath

I have never been sufficiently religious to understand everything on this site without help from friends or family, but a question was asked by a non-Jewish friend that I was unable to answer, so I'm ...
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What phrase are people saying about 'ה and רחם?‎

I hear a certain phrase a lot.‎ Are people saying ה' ירחם,‎ that השם should be merciful,‎ or ה' מרחם,‎ that השם is merciful?‎ Thanks!
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Why don't newborns speak? Why do we need to learn a language?

In our dualistic approach, the soul is one that possesses the knowledge of a/the language (not clear to me if all souls speak Hebrew or just 70, like the angels or just any language) AFAIC, the soul ...
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Which Animals Are Said to Have Spoken in the Torah

I'm aware that the Torah says the serpent spoke to Eve in the Garden (Genesis 3:1) and Balaam's ass spoke to him on his journey to see Balak (Numbers 22:28). Are there any other instances of animals ...
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Is typing or writing the same as "saying" for the sake of Sefirat Ha'Omer?

In an effort to ensure that we only count the Omer with a bracha properly, we are careful not to say what day it is until we have counted formally -- this is discussed and explored here. But is ...
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Who SHOULD accept a taanit dibbur?

If one is home with his family (especially these days when everyone is home, all day), would it be fair to his family members not to speak to them (besides strict divrei Torah)? EDIT: In what cases ...
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Is there a problem with saying "Oh my God" or "Oh my Gosh"?

It seems to me that religious Jews do not say "Oh my God" so I'm asking if there is anything wrong with saying that? I'd also like to know if there would be an issue to say "Oh my Gosh"?
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Can a mute person do teshuva?

The Rambam in Hilchos Teshuvah 1:1 tells us that saying vidui (confessing) is an integral part of the teshuva process: כָּל מִצְוֹת שֶׁבַּתּוֹרָה בֵּין עֲשֵׂה בֵּין לֹא תַּעֲשֶׂה אִם עָבַר אָדָם עַל ...
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Why are many conversations in Tanach between two parties exclusively

Inspired by a comment on this question it seems the vast majority, if not the entirety, of conversations in Tanach are between two and only two parties. I would like to understand conceptually why ...
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Are there examples in Tanach of 3 or more parties having an ongoing conversation?

From what I have seen in reading Tanach every conversation is between two parties and two parties only. Sometimes those parties consist of 1 person and other times of several people for example "And ...
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Did Tziporah sin in what she said about Moshe?

In Bamidbar 12:1 the pasuk says ותדבר מרים ואהרן במשה על־אדות האשה הכשית אשר לקח כי־אשה כשית לקח Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman he had married: “He married a ...
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Saying the right thing then saying the wrong thing toch kedai dibur

Someone counts the correct day of Sefiras HaOmer but then thinks he made a mistake, so he immediately "corrects" himself and counts the wrong day. Does his second (incorrect) counting, which was made ...
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Is there a tradition not to mention the pink animal?

My family always say "pink animal" in reference to, well, the pink animal. But now we find nobody remembers the reasons for this. It seems to me I've seen the Hebrew writers say "davar acher," or "...
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Would Emoji halachically be considered a language?

While admittedly close to Purim, this is NOT a Purim Torah. 😂 Pretty much all of us know about emojis, as they're virtually everywhere nowadays. Emojis are increasingly being used as proof in court- ...
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How do I accept a taanis dibbur on myself? [closed]

In light of the recent tragedy in Kiryas Yovel (https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/israel-news/1670321/4-sifrei-torah-thrown-to-the-ground-kiryat-yovel-shul-vandalized.html) I have decided to accept ...
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Does Judaism have a concept of "positive speech"?

Inspired by this question I am curious to know if Judaism has a concept of positive speech, i.e., turning a negative statement into a positive one. The original example given above is, using a car ...
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Lashon hara to criticize world leaders? [duplicate]

If a Jew lives in an oppressive country and speaks negatively about that country's leader, is that considered lashon hara?
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Let the young ones speak first?

I remember reading that, in the Sanhedrin, the most junior rabbis were encouraged to speak first, so that they would not be swayed or intimidated by the more senior ones. Is this true and what is the ...
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Does Jewish law have a clear position on freedom of speech?

Does Jewish law have a clear position on freedom of speech? On the one hand, the Talmud itself testifies to such freedom (within broad bounds): Minority opinions are cited, followed by the majority ...
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Greeting other people (Jews and Non-Jews alike)

At work, some amount of interaction is inevitable. There are some people that I just don't feel like greeting. What is the Jewish view on this issue? What does the Halachah say about 'greeting one ...
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What is the source of this saying about allotment of words? [duplicate]

What is the source of the saying that each human being is born with a certain allotment of words to utter?
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Is saying Shutup to a fellow Jew a sin?

If someone says something to offend you, can you just reply with a “Shutup!”, or will this be considered as hurting one’s feelings? This is a serious question. If it is a sin how else can you let ...
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Can a ventriloquist chant the Torah?

A ventriloquist essentially recreates sounds using a different part of the speech system. For example, mouthing the sound ‘B’ would give away the act, so it must be recreated in a different part of ...
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Not verbally spelling Hashem's names

Where do we find that it's forbidden to spell out Hashem's names? For example, people will say Yud-Kay - replacing the Hay with a Kay. Or Yud-Kay-Vov-Kay for the Tetragrammaton. We know it's ...
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Can I respond "hello" to someone who greets me in the middle of davening if it will ruin my Kavanah by not responding?

Example: I'm in the middle of saying פסוקי דזמרה and one of my dad's friends comes up to me and says "hello...". Do I have to ignore him or may I respond "hi".
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What is the difference between sichah biteilah and devarim yeserim?

On Shabbos one should refrain from speaking about mundane matters. The Rambam makes a statement that one should refrain from sichah biteilah on Shabbos (Hilchos Shabbos 24:4) while the Rosh uses the ...
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Why is the Tetragrammaton unutterable?

Why is it not allowed to pronounce God's four letter name ywvh? Is there a reason for this? Is it such a great taboo as to be unforgivable?
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"The Rambam" vs Rashi

In every shiur I've heard, Gemarah or otherwise, when referring to Maimonides, the one giving the shiur says "The Rambam". But when speaking of Rashi, I've only heard someone say "Rashi". How did this ...
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Is banter permitted?

Are Jews allowed to banter (the playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks)? On one hand, the receiver seems often to enjoy it. On the other hand, it seems similar to what I heard that it is ...
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What is the best way to correct someone who has unwittingly violated halacha in public?

At a recent shul kiddush on shabbat I witnessed someone perform a melacha seemingly on purpose two or three times. It was clear to me that this person was unaware of a certain halacha. I did not know ...
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How much speech capacity is required to have an aliya or daven from the amud?

A person who has had the voicebox removed (due to cancer, for example) can still have a bit of speech, and it's not necessarily quiet. The main thing is that it doesnt sound like normal speech. Can ...
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Don't have to articulate hataras nedarim?

I recently made a hataras nedarim in which two of the three dayanim were not articulating a single word, but simply intoning something like a low hum, during the part that is supposed to be said ...
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5th part of the shulchan aruch

there seems to be a saying by jews that there is a 5th part of the shulchan aruch (which is common sense) (i do not like this saying) do/did any respectable Rabbis (Rebbes, Gedolay Hador, Talmiday ...
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Reciting Scripture Orally

The Talmud (Gittin 60b) states that the Written Law may not be recited orally: דברים שבכתב אי אתה רשאי לאומרן על פה This is cited as authoritative law, by Rambam in Hilkhot Tefillah (12:8). Are ...
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Is there a proper greeting for the Three Weeks and Tisha B'av?

Is there a proper greeting for the Three Weeks and Tisha B'av? For some reason "goodday" or "shalom aleichem" don't seem like good greetings for a period of mourning.
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Things that come from the heart

There is an often-quoted saying that things that come from the heart enter the heart, i.e., if something is said sincerely, the listener knows, and if it is said insincerely, the listener knows ...
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Where does the Talmud reference the pronunciation of guttural letters?

Where does the Talmud reference the pronunciation of guttural letters? I remember coming across a quote once from the Talmud which stated that the Jews of Galilee used to neglect their ayn (or some ...
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What if one swears to do something forbidden?

If one makes a neder or shevu'ah to do something that is forbidden by Torah (or perhaps to abstain from something that is mandatory) what happens? Does his vow have any significance? That is, was it ...
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How to approach saying divrei torah at the shabbos table

I face a few difficulties with saying divrei torah at a Shabbos table and advice on how best to approach would be much appreciated. People often seem uninterested, especially after they have just ...
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Is it forbidden to count Jewish people without uttering any words?

Related: Am I allowed to count people? We are not allowed to count Jewish people. But one can count other objects to represent the people and one can also speak the words of a possuk where the ...
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Am I allowed to use the word "sheid" (demon)?

I have noticed that some people are careful to not say the word "sheid" (demon) and say "shin-daled" instead. What's that all about?
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Reading Shna'yim mikrah vi'echad targum aloud

Does one have to actually articulate the words (dibur) of the chumash and targum (or Rashi) in order to be yoitzei the chiyuv of "shna'yim mikrah vi'echad targum" or is it enough to scan the words ...
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