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Words can hurt or bring about blessing and goodness

Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 8:54 am

Parshat Bereshit, Genesis 1:1–6:8

Words have power. Words can affect us, even physically. I was in fourth grade and just finished presenting in class. My friend leaned over and whispered, “Great job, but your fly is open.” I remember how I felt in that moment. My stomach churned and sweat beaded on my face. I looked down. My fly was zipped. My friend leaned back over. “Just messing with you.” In that moment, I felt the terror. I embodied the embarrassment. And finally, after I calmed down, I was able to have a good laugh as well.

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