Section: Daily Reminder   Category: Zechiras Miriam
A Secure Front Door

The Navi Micha tells us (7:5) “Shmor Pischei Picha”, guard the door of your mouth.  The Chofetz Chaim says (Shmiras Halashon Shaar 2:2) that the door of your mouth is like the door of your house.  If it is open all the time very soon there will be nothing left in the house.  If someone has gold, silver, and precious stones in the house he will have multiple locks on the door to protect his valuables.

Watching your mouth is sign that you have something valuable inside.  If your door is constantly open with things going in and out without any control it is probably a sign that you don’t have much “inside”.  Even if you did, with an open door policy, it is probably long gone.

“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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