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Say Little, Do Much

Say Little, Do Much: Friendship

By RABBI JOSEPH H. PROUSER

Patrick Henry famously prayed: “Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” His celebrated concluding line echoed Joseph Addsion’s 1713 play “Cato”: “The hand of fate is over us… It is now a time to talk of aught but chains or conquest, liberty or death.” Henry’s either-or formulation, however, can be traced to...

Say Little, Do Much: The Sounds of Silence

By RABBI JOSEPH H. PROUSER 

Silence is not always golden. The Talmud observes, Shtikah K’Hoda’ah: “Silence is tantamount to assent” (Bava Metzia 37B). We are taught this principle as young children. If a classmate is being bullied, if a friend is being excluded, and we do not object, we are at fault. We become complicit in the hurtful behavior.

The stakes grow as we do. When we are included in...

Say Little, Do Much: A New Beginning

By RABBI JOSEPH H. PROUSER

“Kol Hatchalot Kashot,” say the Sages: “All new beginnings are difficult” (see Mechilta d’Rabbi Yishmael, Rashi, etc.).  A long popular Israeli song, written by Nisan Friedman, takes this Rabbinic adage as its title and refrain. This truth is never so evident as with the onset of a new year. It was recently reported that nearly 50 percent of Americans make annual New Year’s resolutions as January...