Say Little, Do Much

Say Little, Do Much: Heart

By RABBI JOSEPH H. PROUSER

“The Holy One desires the heart,” the Rabbis say (Sanhedrin 106B). They define prayer as the “Service of the Heart” (Ta’anit 2A). Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther somewhat idiosyncratically echoed this principle: “Faith is under the left nipple.” In our relationships to God, our...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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