Monthly Archives: December 2009

Judging Favorably

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 4:3-4 As we have already discussed, there is a tendency to denigrate a fellow Jew whom we see transgressing, and thereby achieve a momentary “high.” On the other hand, the Torah has … Continue reading

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The Self- Righteous Speaker

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 4:1-2 It is a law of “loshon hora physics” that when one speaks loshon hora about the spiritual failings of someone else, that loshon hora is most intense and righteously indignant. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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The Best Defense

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 3:7-8 Imagine if there existed a spiritual secret which would ensure that all your actions would be viewed in Heaven in a positive light. Heavenly angels would come to your defense and … Continue reading

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The Power of Speech

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 3:5-6 One of the basic premises of the prohibition against loshon hora is that loshon hora causes damage. Jobs are lost, prospective shidduchim (marriage matches) are rejected, shalom bayis (harmony within the … Continue reading

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Humor

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 3:3-4 The crucial point about humor is that its enjoyment is dependent upon which side of the joke you are on. Think back to the last time a group of people laughed … Continue reading

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Misconceptions

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 3:1-2 In this segment, the Chofetz Chaim discusses several well-known misconceptions concerning loshon hora. To the person who says, “It is not loshon hora because it will never get back to the … Continue reading

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Lectures

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 2:12-13 If one were to conduct an exit poll at the conclusion of a lecture, he might possibly hear dozens of varying opinions on how well the lecturer spoke. While many of … Continue reading

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Committee Meetings

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 2:11 Any salesman can tell you from experience that people are very uncomfortable saying “no.” They will come up with all types of ingenious excuses in order to avoid a flat refusal … Continue reading

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Past Misdeeds

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 2:9 – 10 If you have ever been present while a group of people discuss someone in depth, you have probably observed the great human impulse toward amateur psychoanalysis. Such discussions usually … Continue reading

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Secrets

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora :7 – 8 Consider the following case: Someone speaks loshon hora before a crowd of ten people, one of them being yourself. Later, you overhear two of the listeners relating the information. … Continue reading

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