Wars are fought with words.
People strike each other down and belittle the other until they are nothing
Lies are believed when they are spoken
Truth can be spoken with words but seldom is as truth requires forethought and words are often manufactured at a rate unheard of in the most productive factory and spit out as if they are harmless and not powerful entities that can explode like mini grenades sprinkled thoughtlessly around the world or flow and gain traction as waterfalls that flow into rivers that become unstoppable unimaginably powerful oceans of hate or love
depending on our words.
We can build up and we can break a soul into a million pieces
We can strip people of their right to live
We can cause the seeds of terror to grow in the hearts of the evil
We can encourage a spark of beautiful light to grow and flourish
and brighten the whole world
We can cause someone to decide they have no right or reason to live
What if we chose to speak a good word
and that word bloomed into a nuclear cloud of goodness that enveloped our world with peace?
What if we chose to harness the power of this mighty beast to unify our people and create a bond so tightly woven between each and every one of us that nobody could break us even with the mightiest of missiles
It struck me today how much words are being used to try and destroy our nation. What if that isn’t an accident? What if Hashem is speaking to us and if you don’t believe in Hashem then either way it is very interesting that words are one of the major swords being harnessed against our people right now all over the world.
As a merit for our people, the soldiers fighting to protect us, and all of the hostages, what if we each tried to watch our words for one hour a day? What if we can stop ourselves from saying a word that may cause damage (in more ways than one) for even one second a day? And if nothing else, hopefully we will be able to bring unity to our people this way. Together we are stronger. Let’s use words to make that bond tighter between all of the Jewish people, on purpose. We only have each other.