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    minyan gal

    This article is from today’s weekly Chabad newletter.

    The Art of Listening

    Here is what the Lubavitch Rebbe, Rabbi M.M. Schneerson explained about speaking and listening:

    But a clever person can even use silence to inspire his fellow Jew. The saintly Vizhnitzer Rebbe, Rabbi Yisroel Hager, once entered the house of a local bank manager. The bank manager was an assimilated Jew but he had deep respect for the rabbi.

    He showed the rabbi a chair and waited for the Rebbe to state the reason for his unexpected call.

    The bank manager was stunned. The matter entered his heart and he was unable to sleep. Before the week was up, he paid the widow’s entire mortgage out of his own personal account.

    Penetrating the heart of another Jew requires careful thought wisdom and sincerity. That is the Mitzvah of this week.


    its funny cuz the rebbe is dead


    Bomb, what’s so funny about that?


    Bomb, and so is the Rambam, Rashi, and most of the other chachamim and gedolim that are always quoted, obviously you have a problem listening.

    In coaching i try to teach my clients to “listen to understand” otherwise listening is pointless.


    minyan gal, thank you for such a wonderful post. I think people need to focus on listening, and not just “hearing”.

    aries, it is great that you do that. By the way, is it possible for you to take a look at the “Question about being self-centered” thread? I would love your input and ideas about that topic!

    minyan gal

    Middle: I enjoy the weekly mailing from Chabad and thought this article was particularly interesting and very easy to understand and be able in incorporate into one’s daily life. Many articles and teachings require a great deal more knowledge than I have, in order to be useful. Often, by the time I have finished reading the information I am very confused (that often doesn’t take much, these days).

    Shavuah Tov to you and all the CR readers.

    am yisrael chai

    Thanks, mg

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