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    Words matter

    Torah textEvery word in the Torah matters, every sentence, every letter.

    If a word were omitted, the Torah would not be complete.

    These days we have a technological method of counting words, now that computers give us spell checks, word counts and so much else.

    The word count is important for a student writing an essay, but not to most other people.

    Yet as an ethical principle, counting one’s words is an essential part of being a responsible citizen.

    Not in a mathematical sense, but when it comes to saying something carefully one word too much or too little can do untold harm.

    There is a wise Jewish saying, “Before you speak, you control your words. After you have spoken, your words control you.”

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