Monthly Archives: November 2009

To Walk in His Ways

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Introduction: Positive Commandments 13 – 14 When relating the bad points of another person — especially when one becomes swept up in telling a story — it is natural to exaggerate for dramatic effect. The Chofetz … Continue reading

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The Value of Time

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Introduction: Positive Commandments 11 – 12 One of the great recent innovations in the computer industry is multi-tasking, meaning that computers now have the ability to run several software programs simultaneously. The Chofetz Chaim tells us … Continue reading

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The Elderly, the Family

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Introduction: Positive Commandments 9 – 10 In this segment, the Chofetz Chaim adds another dimension to the issue of loshon hora, focusing on additional sins that can be transgressed when loshon hora is spoken about certain … Continue reading

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In the Palace of the King

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Introduction: Positive Commandments 7 – 8 After the Destruction of the Beis Hamikdash (Temple), Hashem gave us a vital gift which would enable us to survive this long and bitter exile. He allowed the Shechinah (Divine … Continue reading

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Rebuke and Economics

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Introduction: Positive Commandments 5 – 6 Imagine meeting a friend of yours as he exits a restaurant that was once kosher but was recently taken over by non-Jews and is no longer kosher. Your friend was … Continue reading

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Favorable Judgments and Financial Assistance

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Introduction: Positive Commandments 3 – 4 If we were to search for the first spark of loshon hora as it begins to develop in a person’s mind, we would find it in the part of the … Continue reading

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Remembrance and Love

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Introduction: Positive Commandments 1 – 2 When trying to impress a class of students about the evils of loshon hora, the average teacher would probably use examples of serious cases in which a person’s reputation or … Continue reading

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Flattery

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Introduction: Negative Commandments 16 – 17 The Chofetz Chaim confronts us with a classic scenario in office politics: A few employees are speaking with the boss and someone mentions a person whom the boss is known … Continue reading

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Sin upon Sin

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Introduction: Negative Commandments 14 – 15 The Chofetz Chaim now discusses a more severe level of ona’as devarim (verbal abuse). If one relates something negative to others while the subject is present, causing that person not … Continue reading

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Causing Strife or Hurt

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Introduction: Negative Commandments 12 – 13 A frequent result of speaking loshon hora and especially rechilus (gossip) is machlokes (dispute or controversy). The president of a school is unhappy with the executive director’s efforts in an … Continue reading

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