Speaker: Rabbi Zvi Aryeh Rosenfeld z”l. Shiur given during the Eseres Yemei Teshuvah (Ten Days of Repentence).
00:00 – Why, after centuries of tears and prayers, has the final geulah (redemption) not yet arrived? As long as Am Yisrael lacks unity, the Beis HaMikdash (Holy Temple) cannot be rebuilt.
03:50 – It’s forbidden to speak loshon hara (slander) against Eretz Yisrael (the Land of Israel).
08:09 – Achieving unity within even a small group of Jews is the key to establishing harmony within the entire People of Israel. The ARIzal tested his students in this unity, and they failed. Disputes between Jews led to the destruction of the Beis HaMikdash.
12:47 – The importance of shmiras haloshon – guarding one’s speech.
14:57 – Midrash brings a moshol (allegory) about how misusing speech can bring about a person’s downfall. “Life and death are within the power of the tongue.”
18:53 – Stories about perfected speech. Rebbe Nachman’s Taanis dibur (not speaking) during the first day of Rosh HaShanah.
22:59 – A recent Breslover chasid who excelled in perfected speech was known as the “Silent Reb Nachman”. He was a close student of Rabbi Avraham (Kokhav-Lev) Sternhartz z”l. He spoke no mundane words for fifty years.
25:46 – To speak against the Land of Israel or its Jewish inhabitants is like speaking against the Shekhina (Divine Presence of Hashem).
26:45 – The confrontation between Shlomo HaMelech (King Solomon) and the king of the demons, Ashmidai. The division of the Kingdom of Israel after the reign of Shlomo HaMelech began when Yeravom ben Nevat (Jeroboam, from the tribe of Ephraim) spoke disrespectfully against Shlomo HaMelech.
29:32 – Achiya HaShiloni, one of the greatest prophets who ever lived, was the teacher of Eliyahu HaNavi (Elijah the Prophet). Foreseeing that the Kingdom of Israel would be split, he offered the rulership of ten of the tribes to Yeravom ben Nevat.
33:21 – After Shlomo HaMelech’s passing, his son Rechavam became king. Yeravom ruled over ten tribes and misled them into idol worship.