Please Say/Whisper the Words out Lou
In the merit of this learning may Avraham ben Tzirel and Emunah Nitzchia Yehudis bat Tema each be blessed with an immediate refuah shleima bitoch she'ar cholei yisrael.
Some people ask questions or make seemingly superfluous statements as a means of breaking the ice even though the answer to those questions are quite obvious or the statements
inane. For instance, someone might be carrying a heavy load and another person might want to help them with it. That person might not feel comfortable to say outright, "Let me help you," Therefore, they will ask, "Is that heavy?" You might be tempted to respond, "You fool, of course it is heavy," or maybe you will want to say with sarcasm, 'No, it's as light as a feather." Realize that the person asked the question merely to serve as an ice-breaker. Awareness of their true intentions will prevent your replying with statements that would be painful.
Another person might try breaking the ice by asking people the time. You might feel like saying "Get yourself a watch," or 'I bet you really know the time yourself/" When you realize that the person is just too shy to say outright, "Let's have a conversation," you will try to make it easier for them.
(The Power of Words by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin)
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