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Section: Daily Reminder   Category: Zechiras Miriam
Rebbi Shimon Bar Yochai - If A Person Had Two Mouths

Rebbi Shimon Bar Yochai said, “Had I been standing on Har Sinai at the time the Torah was given to Yisroel I would have asked Hashem to create man with two mouths, one to learn Torah and the other to take care of all his other needs.  Then I retracted and said, if with one mouth a person cannot control himself from speaking Lashon Hara, if he had two mouth it would be far worse.”   (Yerushalmi Brachos 1:2)

“Zachor Eis Asher Asa Hashem L’Miriam BaDerech B’Tzaischem MiMitzrayim”


The Ramban and other Rishonim count among the Mitzvos Aseh Min HaTorah the mitzva of remembering and saying with your mouth each day what Hashem did to Miriam when she spoke about her brother Moshe.  The Chofetz Chaim in Shaar Tvunah Perek 12 says that being Mikayem this mitzva can save you from the aveira of Lashon Hara.  More than just saying the pasuk, says the Chofetz Chaim, one must think about the incident in order for it to have its intended effect.

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