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While parents have the enormous power of creating offspring, so to do we all wield great power through our use of speech.
We have the power to create worlds and the power to destroy worlds with our words. ” We learned that Sarah and Avraham “created souls in Haran” through their use of speech and by imparting the compelling words of Torah to the pagans of their time.
In the world of shidduchim, the misuse of words has become an indisputable problem.
Many people do not realize the severity of even the most casual remarks regarding a potential shidduch and the possibility of “killing it” if we are reckless with our words.
This week’s Torah reading combines two portions: Tazria and Metzora.
In Tazria we read about a woman who gives birth and the subsequent bris for a boy.
Metzora describes the sin and rectification process for gossip, slander and malicious speech, “lashon hara”.