In the merit of this learning may Elisha ben Yehudis and Gavriel ben Yehudis each be blessed with complete health, happiness, safety, success, clarity, and only revealed good.
In this weeks Torah portion (Parshat Tzav) the induction of Aharon and his sons into the priesthood was preceded by their immersion in a a mikvah (ritual bath). That
is the way we purify ourselves after any kind of defilement or before approaching holiness. Ever notice how before people speak we wet our lips? We can't talk if our mouths are dry. The reason for this could be to remind us that we must not remove the spiritual element from our speech. Our words must always be bathed in spirituality. If water has spiritually cleansing properties, and water is always present in our mouths in the form of saliva, it would seem as if we always have ideal conditions for pure speech.
At times however, our mouths go dry. This is what happens when we talk too much, or as a result of an emotional response like anger, fear, or embarrassment, when our words come out sullied with lashon hara. It would be a good idea, before reacting to or partaking in a bit of gossip to take a moment to have a drink of water and purify our speech.
(Finding the Right Words by Rosally Saltsman)
Create a beautiful, happy and holy Shabbat!