Your theories, please.
Reb Shimon Bar Yochai asked why only one mouth? If one mouth speaks so much loshon harah why do you need a second one?
So we can hear in stereo, and thereby discern the direction from which sounds are coming.
Having two mouths would have no such benefit.
speak less, listen more
so we can listen more than we can speak
The mouth is attached to a much larger organ system, so how would two mouths even work? Would they each get their own?
מלה בסלע משתוקא בתרין
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.
How do you disagree with a question?
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?
The Vilna Gaon (Mishle 11-2) says like Chochom in his comment above:
עיקר הכחמה היא ששותקים מלומר תורתם ודעתם, רק שומעים מרבותם. כי כאשר הוא יאמר דבריו, לא יוסיף לו כלום, אבל כאשר ישמע מרבו, יוסיף לו דברים. ולכן העינים הן שתים לראות בתורה שבכתב, והאזנים הן שתים לשמוע בתורה שבעל פה, אבל הפה הוא אחד
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.
Imanonov: Or as Chazal have already stated in Avos: מלה בסלע….
The Kotzker tells us that חרנה is the same as לחרן 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.
Animals too, have 2 ears, and one mouth.
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.
Why 10 fingers and 10 toes?
“Why 10 fingers ”
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.
If we had two mouths, could one eat milchigs and the other fleishigs? How about conjoined twins?