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In gamara sanhedrin, 108b, both the יונה and עורב had what to say. אמר ריש לקיש: תשובה ניצחת השיבו עורב לנח, אמר לו: רבך שונאני ואתה שנאתני. רבך שונאני: מן הטהורין שבעה, מן הטמאים שנים. ואתה שנאתני, שאתה מניח ממין שבעה, ושולח ממין שנים. אם פוגע בי שר חמה או שר צנה, לא נמצא עולם חסר בריה אחת? או שמא לאשתי אתה צריך? אמרה יונה לפני הקב"ה רבש"ע יהיו ...


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I don't have a textual source for you, but the hashkafah that I have absorbed from my teachers says that you certainly have to consider the consequences of any chumrah that you adopt. There may be circumstances where taking on a personal taanit dibbur would be constructive, but it is a stringency, not required by the halachah. You have to be careful that it ...


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I have always heard y'racheim. It's just an expression, so I doubt there are any sources available to quote.


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The Chovos Halovos (no longer remember where)says that babies are born with no intelligence because it would be devastating for them to realize how helpless they are. Without intelligence there is no reason for them to speak. Adults say enough foolishness already. The Mishnah in Pirkey Avos 3:10 talks about the danger of Sichos Yeladim. Imagine adding ...


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Rabbi Ovadia Yosef expanded on the Biblical commandment “Thou shalt not take God’s name in vain” declaring that Jews may not do so in other languages as well. This makes saying “Oh my God” or the Arabic “Ya Allah,” both popular Israeli slang terms, halachically forbidden. He explained that the “the prohibition is against saying His name when it is not in ...


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