Why did Hashem give us two ears but only one mouth?

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    Joseph
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    Your theories, please.

    #1364425

    iacisrmma
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    Reb Shimon Bar Yochai asked why only one mouth? If one mouth speaks so much loshon harah why do you need a second one?

    #1364423

    Meno
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    So we can hear in stereo, and thereby discern the direction from which sounds are coming.

    Having two mouths would have no such benefit.

    #1364438

    Bitul
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    speak less, listen more

    #1364437

    Bitul
    Participant

    so we can listen more than we can speak

    #1364430

    ๐Ÿ‘‘RebYidd23
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    The mouth is attached to a much larger organ system, so how would two mouths even work? Would they each get their own?

    #1364453

    TheFakeMaven
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    ืžืœื” ื‘ืกืœืข ืžืฉืชื•ืงื ื‘ืชืจื™ืŸ
    iacisrmma: You somewhat misquoted the yerushalmi, although the point is more or less the same.
    RebYidd23: as usual I find that I strongly disagree with you. First off from the above Yerushalmi we clearly see that the idea can be entertained. Furthermore, what is so difficult to understand? There would be two mouths connected to one esophagus.

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    ๐Ÿ‘‘RebYidd23
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    How do you disagree with a question?

    #1364791

    Lightbrite
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    And our two ears are located at opposite sides of our face, with one on our left side and another one on our right side, so maybe we need to listen with both binah and chochmah?

    #1364805

    Imanonov
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    The Vilna Gaon (Mishle 11-2) says like Chochom in his comment above:
    ืขื™ืงืจ ื”ื›ื—ืžื” ื”ื™ื ืฉืฉื•ืชืงื™ื ืžืœื•ืžืจ ืชื•ืจืชื ื•ื“ืขืชื, ืจืง ืฉื•ืžืขื™ื ืžืจื‘ื•ืชื. ื›ื™ ื›ืืฉืจ ื”ื•ื ื™ืืžืจ ื“ื‘ืจื™ื•, ืœื ื™ื•ืกื™ืฃ ืœื• ื›ืœื•ื, ืื‘ืœ ื›ืืฉืจ ื™ืฉืžืข ืžืจื‘ื•, ื™ื•ืกื™ืฃ ืœื• ื“ื‘ืจื™ื. ื•ืœื›ืŸ ื”ืขื™ื ื™ื ื”ืŸ ืฉืชื™ื ืœืจืื•ืช ื‘ืชื•ืจื” ืฉื‘ื›ืชื‘, ื•ื”ืื–ื ื™ื ื”ืŸ ืฉืชื™ื ืœืฉืžื•ืข ื‘ืชื•ืจื” ืฉื‘ืขืœ ืคื”, ืื‘ืœ ื”ืคื” ื”ื•ื ืื—ื“

    #1364844

    Bitul
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    chochmah…..

    #1364845

    popa_bar_abba
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    I think we’ve done this particular naarishkeit before. It’s so you’ll know you need to talk twice as much Jay for it to even out.

    #1365347

    TheFakeMaven
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    Imanonov: Or as Chazal have already stated in Avos: ืžืœื” ื‘ืกืœืข….

    #1467302

    laskern
    Participant

    The Kotzker tells us that ื—ืจื ื” is the same as ืœื—ืจืŸ teaching us that we should hold back speaking as much as we can. Remember listen has the same letters as silent. A wild animal comes to the world when we don’t use our mouth properly. The Binah Leitim interprets coming to the world as the person speaking converts himself to a wild animal.

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    apushatayid
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    Animals too, have 2 ears, and one mouth.

    #1467340

    laskern
    Participant

    Maybe the reason is that a person doing this without a mind is like an animal. See Sefer Hachinuch 95, about sacrificing and animal for a chatos when done things unwittingly.

    #1467359

    funnybone
    Participant

    Why 10 fingers and 10 toes?

    #1467818

    MDG
    Participant

    “Why 10 fingersย ”

    Two ears and one mouth so that you should listen twice as much as speak.

    Ten fingers so that you should type 10 times as much as speak.
    ๐Ÿ˜

    #1468869

    funnybone
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    Lol, MDG.

    #1468883

    yehudayona
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    If we had two mouths, could one eat milchigs and the other fleishigs? How about conjoined twins?

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