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An Ear For Outrage©

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An Ear For Outrage© Mishpatim 2019/5779 Rabbi David Baum
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I had an interesting experience with my father recently.  We had all of his grandkids over for a dinner, grandkids who range from 3 - 9, which I would say are very loud ages.  My father never had a problem with them…that is until he got new hearing aids.  Now he can hear everything, which in these situations, is a problem.  So his solution to our loud children?  He took his hearing aids out.

Why do I bring this up?  Because I feel like in this day and age, when the world and information are at our finger tips, when news events and personalities are loud and fast, that we do the same thing - we take out our hearing aids, stop listening, and act immediately.

This may sound the definition of what it means to be a Jew – after all, we famously received the Torah without hearing any of it – Na'aseh v'Nishmah, a line we actually read in …