Unholy Silence 2: Silence Is Assent

Unholy Silence is that moment when we want to say something, need to say something, know we must say something - and we don’t. 

Maybe we are afraid of hurting feelings.
Maybe we are afraid of jeopardizing a relationship.
Maybe we are afraid of someone lashing back.
Maybe we are afraid of how we might look, how we might be perceived, how we might be shunned.

So, we don’t say anything. We stand off to the side with a million reasons why we are justified in not speaking up, speaking out, not giving voice to the silence. 

However, in the end, not to speak is a form of speech. Not to give voice is a choice. Or, ,in the words of the Talmud, “silence is assent.” 

When have we been silent when we should have spoken? When have others been silent in our lives when they should have offered words? How did this make us feel? What were the consequences? 

We can’t change the past, but we can, we must, learn from it. And if we do, if we speak up the next time, we can redeem past failures and shatter the unholy silences around us, and within the lives of so many around us, today.

Silence in response to silence only deepens darkens the silence and the fear.

Speak Up. Speak Out. Silence Is Assent.

Baruch HaLevi