The Green Speech Campaign is an annual Jewish unity project that focuses on bringing Klal Yisroel together by studying aspects of shemiras halashon and ahavas Yisroel. The brainchild of Rabbi Mike Stern of Rabbi Without Walls and with educational material provided by www.journeytobetterspeech.com and the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation, the project is in collaboration with many organizations including Project Inspire, the Philadelphia Kollel, Chazaq and Aish.com.
This year, in an unprecedented display of unity, thousands of Jews across the world will be learning the same topic during the Three Weeks (July 11th – August 1st 2017). Since this is the period of time when we mourn the destruction of the Beis Hamikdosh due to sinas chinam and lashon hara, what better way to repair the damage than by Jews of all backgrounds, all levels of religiosity and of all different denominations joining together to study the halachos and hashkafos of shemiras halashon. It is called the ‘Green Speech Campaign’ to stress the concept that in the same way that ‘green’ ideas like renewable energy and recycling aim to combat pollution, so too the Green Speech Campaign aims to combat verbal and spiritual pollution!
The campaign has haskamos from HaRav Shmuel Kaminetsky, Rabbi Michel Twerski as well as a testimonial video encouraging people to join the campaign by Rabbi Yitzchak Berkovitz.
One can sign up for the campaign here. There are several different options and levels of learning depending on a person’s background, at the most for 3 minutes a day for 21 days. There is truly something there for everyone, however religious (or not) one may be. There is also the availability to download classes and study resources for a class setting or one-to-one learning.
In order for this campaign to achieve its full potential, we call on every person involved in chinuch and kiruv to please encourage their talmidim to be a part of this important movement to change the face of Klal Yisroel and move towards real love, closeness and unity across the Jewish nation. If it is appropriate, incorporate topics of shemiras halashon into the your regular programs, camps, classes and/or chavrusas.