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Parshas Matos-Maasei: Input and Output

As human beings, one of the things that differentiates us most from other living creatures is our ability to communicate with speech. Shlomo HaMelech tells us in Mishlei (12:25), “De’aga b’lev ish, yashchena” if one has a worry in his heart, he should quash it. Rashi notes that there are those who read the word “Yashchena,” as “yasichena,” from the root “siach,” which means to converse, as in “if one has a worry in his heart, he should talk it out [to others]”. The field of psychological science bears this out, as well, for we know the relief associated with being able to give words to our pain, and to have others receive those words nonjudgmentally and with empathy and compassion. This, of course, is the basis for talk therapy, and really any therapy in which words are exchanged.