Zevachim 114 - 120
Golden Silence and Golden Speech
“And likewise regarding Shlomo the verse states: “A time to be silent and a time to speak” — i.e., at times a person is silent and receives reward for his silence; at times a person speaks and receives reward for his speaking.
In our sugya it is explained that an example of being silent and receiving reward for this silence is Aharon’s silent acceptance that it was
Another time when it is certainly a time to speak is when learning Torah. Although the mishna in Avot teaches: Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel would say, “All my life I have been raised among the Sages, and I have found nothing better for the body than silence.” The Torah commentaries explain that the silence praised here refers to minimal speech about physical matters. Regarding learning Torah and mitzvah fulfillment, however, it is praiseworthy to not be silent, but to use the power of speech to the highest degree.
- Zevachim 115b