Details of Cleanliness: Lesson Four

In this class details of cleanliness lesson four we discuss issues concerning the “fornication of the mouth and the ear,” that is, speaking obscenities or listening to them, our Sages “screamed like cranes” (Yerushalmi Terumoth 1.4), ” `Let there not be seen within you a thing of nakedness’ (Deuteronomy 23:15) -nakedness of speech, the uttering of obscenities.” And (Shabbath 33a), “Because of the sin of obscene speech, troubles renew themselves and the youths of Israel die, God forbid.” And (Ibid.), “If one sullies his mouth, Gehinnom is deepened for him.”

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