Theological Research Institute, Ltd. (TRI) | Evaluated Learning Experience
Oral Communication (Shmiras Halashon) (COM 301)
June 2021 - Present
Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to compare and contrast varied situations where it is permissible and prohibited to make statements regarding the behavior of others; analyze the variables in different situations and know what is permitted and prohibited to say; discuss the concepts behind the rules of speech and the Torah sources for them; articulate varied Torah sources and commentaries relating to the laws of Shmiras Halashon; analyze historical events with a sensitivity to the role that improper use of speech played in them; discuss the different commandments that are relevant to the laws of Shmiras Halashon; and design strategies for how to avoid situations where one may be likely to err in the laws of Shmiras Halashon.
King Solomon famously wrote, “Death and life depend on how one uses their tongue.” (Proverbs, 18:21). When considering conflict, whether it be on a global scale or a personal one, how people communicate with each other has often resulted in significant consequences for wellbeing, sometimes even the loss of life. The Torah, understanding the power of speech to be both a life giving, and a life taking faculty, prescribes specific rules for living a life of positive communication and awareness of specific types of negative communication that one should take care to avoid. Rabbi Yisroel Meir Kagan compiled these rules into his famous work, known as the Chafetz Chaim, by which he came to be known. The focus of this course is studying the laws, concepts, and cases described in this work. Through this study students can learn to improve the quality of their relationships and prevent the damage that comes through carelessness in speech.
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Psychology, Law, Religion, Ethics, Communication, or Speech (1/22).