When Silence has Lease

“The Torah has commanded us, ‘You shall surely rebuke your fellowman’ (Leviticus 19:17). Therefore, many times a person undertakes to rebuke sinners in a place or at a time in which one’s words will not be accepted, and in fact causes the sinners to act even more wickedly, and to desecrate the name of the Almighty, adding rebellion to their sins. In this circumstance (when one’s words will not be accepted), to rebuke is not the way of piety, but rather silence. So our Sages of blessed memory taught, ‘Just as one is commanded to say what will be heard, so is one commanded not to say what will not be heard’ (Yevamoth 65B).”

          -Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato, The Path of the Just, Ch. 20: “Assessing Piety”

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