This week we begin Devarim, the last of the five books of the Torah: These are the words that Moses spoke to all the Israelites across the Jordan in the wilderness. Some of the Torah’s harshest language is found in this book. Ohr HaHayyim points out that not every message can be heard at any time. Moshe was patient and waited for the right moment, as the people were about to cross the Jordan, and only then did he truly rebuke them. We always start the book of Devarim before Tisha b’Av, our national day of mourning, to remind us that not only what we say can have an impact, but also when we say it.