“A tongue can accuse or carry bad news.” Hank Williams sure said a mouthful with those lines. In truth, it was lashon hara – an evil tongue – which put Israel in exile and which kept Israel in the wilderness forty years. But on the flip side, our words, our vows, our oaths and our pledges, if uttered and honored with the proper respect and trust in HaShem, can lead us back to the promised land of Israel.
Matot (Numbers 30:2-32:42)
Parashat Matot is read on Shabbat:
Tammuz 21, 5771/July 23, 2011