We may all remember the shcoolyard chant, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me!" Dr. Miriam Adahan, psychologist, popular author, and lecturer disagrees. Words can indeed hurt us, and while they cannot break our bones, they can break our hearts, our spirits, and our ability to have loving relationships with our family. This book examines all forms of verbal abuse, ona'as devarim. Dr. Adahan describes the pain and damage that can be inflicted by words, and helps the reader to recognize the many different forms and disguises that such abuse can assume. Demonstrating how the Torah is concerned with this issue, the author draws on traditional Jewish sources to provide the reader with emotional support and practical help. This latest work is a welcome addition to the growing library of Dr. Adahan's books which, with their unique combination of psychological insight, Torah outlook, and down-to-earth solutions, have proved to be an invaluable asset to the Jewish community.
by Dr. Miriam Adahan