It is not unusual to let our mouths get ahead of our minds. That seems to be part of the human condition; especially in the case of those paid to talk for three or more hours at a time. Yet, believe or not, we don't have to have an opinion on everything. And even if we do, doesn't mean we always have to share it. Lashon Harah, malicious speech, is one of the great prohibitions in Jewish tradition. Usually it is with regards to gossip. But equally as important is the idea of not saying hateful or hurtful things simply because you can. Because often what one says is not so much reflective of the object of the speech as it is the speaker. Or as Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying, "It is better to say nothing and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. So maybe during this month of Elul, we can learn from this sad lesson to moderate what we say, so we don't have to then spend to much time apologizing for it. A lesson Dr. Laura might want to spend some time reflecting on.
Rabbi Sharff is the Senior Rabbi for The Reform Temple of Rockland in Upper Nyack, New York. He was raised in Houston, Texas where he discovered the acoustic and electric guitar while sitting in his dorm room one day. Rabbi Sharff graduated from the University of Texas and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati.
Rabbi Sharff is the rhythm guitarist for RTR's in House Band, and he also served as the editor for Howard Salmon's z"l Comic Book Siddur.