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Questions tagged [speech-talking]

speech, verbalization

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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 pronounciation of guttural letters?

Where does the Talmud reference the pronounciation 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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Is there a Halachic problem with cursing? [duplicate]

Our tradition mentions the serious transgression of "nivul peh" and the punishments that Hashem brings down on the world due to this sin (Shabbos 33a, Vayikra Rabba 24-7). What I want to know is if ...
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How does a mute get married?

During a traditional wedding ceremony, the groom makes a formal declaration that he is making the bride his wife with a ring "הרי את מקודשת לי...‏" and then gives her the ring . Obviously if the ...
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Is it forbidden to utter the shortened form of HaShem's Name (yod and hey)?

What rulings and opinions are there in regards to speaking HaShem's Name in its short form, namely [pun intended] י, qamatz, and ה?
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Does texting count as speech?

For instance, say that I text someone "I promise I'll do X." Does that have the same status as if I said out loud the same thing? The same question can be asked with respect to Shevuos (as in oaths, ...
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Is there an obligation to speak God's praises?

Each time we say the Amidah, we include the modim prayer. In it, we list things that we must speak about -- our lives that we place in God's hand, our souls which are entrusted to God, God's miracles ...
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Talking during Selichos

Is talking allowed during Selichos? Of course, I'd assume it's a very serious moment and people should just joke around, but what if someone had to tell his friend something? I really have 2 ...
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Lashon Hara to pay a compliment

Is one allowed to say Lashon Hara to pay someone a compliment? For instance, "Reuven used to be such a slacker. But look how much he's grown!"
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Why do we consider Eisav's nachas goyish if Eisav was a Jew?

I recently learned in a class that we consider Eisav Jewish. This is corroborated by most of the answers here. I have also learned that we customarily wish someone "Yiddishe nachas" (rather than just "...
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Speaking as you enter a bathroom?

Shulchan Aruch Orach Chayim, Siman 3, Seif 1 says; כְּשֶׁיִּכָּנֵס לְבֵית הַכִּסֵא יֹאמְרוּ הִתְכַּבְּדוּ מְכֻבָּדִים וְכו'. וְעַכְשָׁו לֹא נָהֲגוּ לְאָמְרוֹ When one enters into the throne room (...
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Moshe doubts G-d in Numbers 20:8

In Numbers 20:8 G-d commands Moshe to speak to the inanimate rock for water. Was this really a reasonable command for G-d to make? Even Moshe seems to have thought this was an impossible ...
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What were Moshe and Aharon supposed to say to the rock?

B'midbar 20:8 shows that G-d instructs Moshe and Aharon to speak to the rock, and it will bring forth water. Usually, when G-d instructs Moshe to speak to B'nai Yisra'el he indicates what Moshe ...
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In which historical periods was it allowed to pronounce the tetragrammaton?

We know that Boaz introduced the possibility of greeting people using the tetragrammaton. The Mishnah in Berochos 54a says והתקינו שיהא אדם שואל את שלום חברו בשם שנאמר והנה בעז בא מבית לחם ויאמר ...
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Where are Jews forbidden to speak the name of God

It is commonly asserted that the Jews do not speak the name of God (Tetragramaton) in reverence to the Name. It is even treated as taboo to speak or pronounce, or utter the name. Yet, in the Bible ...
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Talking trees in Torah

I am working on a drash and the idea of talking inanimate objects came up. I remembered hearing about this concept based in "Torah" that when Moshiach comes the trees and rocks will scold people for ...
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Nivel peh in a foreign language

What are the halachos of saying nivel peh in a language which one does not speak/understand? (Or which one speaks/understands to various degrees?) Might this depend at all on the language (Jewish ...
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How do you do teshuva for saying lashon hara about someone that already passed away?

If someone might have said lashon hara by mistake unintentionally and quickly said something good, and the subject passed away. How can one do teshuvah?
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Hearing kiddush from someone who mumbles [closed]

If one is invited to someones house on shabbat and they are being yotzeh kiddush with someone they know mumbles the words ,but they can't make their own kiddush for whatever reason (only enough wine ...
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What happens with the blessings if a mute is called for a Torah aliyah?

A person called for an aliyah LeTorah makes a blessing before and after the reading. As I recall, the original custom (mentioned in Talmud Megilla 21b) was to have the Cohen make the staring blessing ...
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Was the universe created by soundwaves?

Was the universe created by soundwaves? Hashem said in Genesis: Let there be light.