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Shmiras HaLashon #38

It is very difficult to generalize the following rules because the application is so nuanced. However, in a very general sense, there is an obligation to share any information that can objectively destroy a relationship. For example, in a marriage prospect, to share the fact that one party has a severe psychological condition should be more »

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Shmiras HaLashon #37

Before sharing information for a constructive purpose, there are a number of considerations that should be kept in mind. The information must be 100% true. Included in being accurate is not exaggerating. One must have the right intent when sharing this information, namely, to save someone from a potentially harmful situation. This is often very more »

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Shmiras HaLashon #36

(Much of the following laws will be review.) Before asking someone for information about a prospective relationship/ partnership, it is imperative that you state clearly why you are asking this question. This is because intent is a key factor in defining lashon hara. Although the one asking the questions may not be violating the prohibition because more »

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Shmiras HaLashon #35

The last section of the book that we are studying deals with sharing negative information that pertains to potential marriage prospects. The same would often, but not always, apply to potential business partnerships. After studying the laws of lashon hara one could be led to believe that it would best to not say anything when the more »

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Shmiras HaLashon #34

Sometimes stating information that is known to the listener is considered a form of lashon hara. For example, If I know that you had a feud years ago with a certain individual and I were to remind you of the feud, awakening a little bit of that old resentment, I would have violated the prohibition of more »

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Shmiras HaLashon #33

The Chafeitz Chaim discusses a sticky situation. Steven tells you something disparaging about Bob. The next day, you are approached by Bob who tells you that he knows that yesterday Steven was speaking to you about him. Bob demands to know what Steven said; did he say good things or bad things? This poses a more »

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Shmiras HaLashon #32

Although I mentioned earlier that negative information is allowed to be shared for a constructive purpose, the Chafeitz Chaim lists a number of conditions that one must meet before doing so. In this instance he is specifically referring to a scenario where one knows someone is doing something wrong and wishes to stop the person more »

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Shmiras HaLashon #31

Shmiras HaLashon #31 The Chafeitz Chaim introduces us to a new topic and that is Avak Lashon Hara, literally the dust of lashon hara. Avak Lashon Hara is a category of forbidden speech which is rabbinic, instituted to ensure that we do not speak lashon hara. The first set of examples listed are different forms of praises. Example #1) Praising more »

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Shmiras HaLashon #30

In addition to not speaking or listening to lashon hara, one has an obligation, to the best of their ability, to inspire others to not involve themselves in lashon hara. This is especially true to the people in one’s household to whom we have the most influence over. I’m sure those of you with teens/ toddlers/ a more »

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Shmiras HaLashon #29

Speaking lashon hara to a non-Jew is even a greater sin than speaking to a Jew. This is true for two reasons. 1) The Jew you are speaking to may be aware of the laws of lashon hara and not believe the information, thereby minimizing the negative effect of the negative speech. 2) The role of the Jewish People more »

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