The Pious Word
Are the words and the speech of the righteous different or more powerful than that of ordinary people? Why would this be?
The Talmudic Sages taught (Berachot 6b): A
Why are the words of such a person heard more than that of other people?
For one, a
Another reason is that the ideas and words of ordinary people are jaded by self-interest, personal desires, and imperfect character traits. Thus, the words of even a well-meaning person are naturally suspect of bias and subjectivity. However, the extent to which a righteous person is free of all that, his perspective and words on any matter are naturally regarded with more sincerity, insight and truth.
In addition, an ancient Jewish adage asserts: “Words which emerge from the heart, enter the heart.” This means that while vacuous words of no substance are not even heard by the ears, sincere, earnest, heartfelt, substantive ideas penetrate deep into the heart of the listener. And since the righteous speak from a pure, unoccluded heart, their words have a profound effect on others.
The previous explanations are based on the understanding that the verse refers to the words of the righteous being heard and accepted by other people. However, the fact that the words of the
One example would be through the venue of prayer. A pure and pious person’s speech is very spiritual. It is thus able to penetrate the supernal realms and rise directly before
Another example of this would be regarding the way in which the righteous are actually able, with their “power of speech,” to make decrees that can be realized in the heavenly or worldly realms. This is because, through “aligning” themselves with
This understanding is particularly harmonious with one of the observations of the Sages mentioned above, namely that the entire world was created in order to hearken to the