The mouth, the letter pei, follows the eye, the letter ayin [in the Hebrew Alef-Beit].
Expression of wisdom proceeds from the inner eye of the heart to the mouth, as is said: "the heart of the wise informs his mouth." Words of wisdom, when expressed sincerely and humbly by the mouth, find favor and grace in the eyes of G-d and man.
It is through the power of the mouth, speech, that one enters into full consciousness of the "here and now". Entering the "here and now" is the secret of "communication" at all levels of Worlds, Souls, and Divinity.
Every created being possesses a "mouth" which speaks and "sings" an individual song, as recorded in Perek Shirah. The ability of man to hear the speech of Creation brings all of Creation into his full consciousness of "here and now" and the awareness of the significance and consequences of his present actions in relation to each of its elements."
"Torah and the Holy One Blessed Be He are One." The words of Torah are "[Divine] life for those who find them." Out Sages interpret: "Don't read `for those who find them' but `for those who say them with his mouth.' From this we learn that "finding" (as if from "nothing") the hidden, infinite Light concealed in Torah depends on "saying" the words of Torah with one's mouth. Here "saying" literally meant "extracting"--extracting from the mouth its hidden power.... From this we can understand the tremendous significance of purifying (the words of) one's mouth, in order to be able to reveal, in the oral study of Torah, its innate Divinity, the "I" of the Ten Commandments.
from The Alef-Beit: Jewish Thought Revealed through the Hebrew Letters, Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh, (New York, Aronson, 1991), pp. 251-264.
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