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Section: Daily Reminder   Category: Zechiras Miriam
If You Have Something Intelligent To Say...

In the Mishna in Pirkei Avos (1:17) Rav Shimon be Gamliel says that his whole life he grew up among Chachomim and he never found anything better for his body than silence.

The Yeina Shel Torah brings from the Ohel Yaakov that one would think that silence is good for fools to keep their nonsense to themselves, but not for wise people.  Rav Shimon ben Gamliel tells us that even the wise are well served by silence.

“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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