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Section: Shabbos   Category: Likras Shabbos
Shabbos Is A Day Of Few Words
One Shabbos Rav Shimon bar Yochai's mother who was very old started talking trivial matters, nothing assur of course.  They didn't know what to say to her in order to stop her from going on and on.  Rav Shimon bar Yochai turned to his mother and said, "Mother, it is Shabbos!"  The mere mention of Shabbos shocked her back to her senses and even in her condition she understood that she should immediately stopped talking.

While we should always carefully monitored our words even during the week, on Shabbos, the day we spend in the King's court, we must be especially careful.  We should speak as little as possible.  Many Gedolim were known to have a Taanis Dibbur on Shabbos.  Even today, Rav Pinchas Sheinberg Shlit"a has a Taanis Dibbur every Shabbos and has been doing so for decades.  Many Gedolim including Rav Chaim Volozhin would only speak Lashon HaKodesh on Shabbos.

One Shabbos, Rav Chaim Volozhin found a group of boys in the Yeshiva "shmoozing".  He got very angry and chastised them.  He told them it would be better for them to sleep, since sleeping is Oneg Shabbos, rather than waste their time shmoozing.  He explained that the word Shabbos (Shin-Bais-Saf) is an acronym for "Sheina B'Shabbos Taanug", sleeping on Shabbos is Oneg Shabbos. 

One wiseguy retorted that it is also an acronym for "Sicha B'Shabbos Taanug", shmoozing on Shabbos is pleasurable.  Rav Chaim responded with the pasuk, "Lev Chacham L'Yemino V'Lev Ksil L'Smolo", a wise person's heart is on the right while a fool's heart is on the left.  Meaning that in the word "Sheina" sleep, the letter Shin has a dot on the right side but the word "Sicha" shmoozing, has the dot on the left side.

When Hashem comes to visit our home and our Shabbos table, let's not bore him with mundane conversation and comments that are inappropriate before the King.  He is our guest of honor and the conversation should revolve around him and reflect our happiness with having him around.  This way He may look forward to coming back every week!

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