Monthly Archives: February 2010

Defining the Apikoros

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM Laws of Loshon Hora 8:7        The Chofetz Chaim writes that it is permitted, and at times even a mitzvah, to speak loshon hora about an apikoros. The Chofetz Chaim defines apikoros as someone “who denies the Torah … Continue reading

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Torah Scholars

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 8:5-6        This segment begins with the Chofetz Chaim informing us of how terrible it is to speak loshon hora about a talmid chacham (Torah scholar).        Obviously, we are obligated to honor Torah … Continue reading

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Children

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 8:3-4        It is forbidden to speak derogatorily about children.1 While adults understand that “kids are kids” and their negative behavior is often excused as normal immaturity, if the information casts this particular … Continue reading

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Family Talk

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 8:1-2        In this section, the Chofetz Chaim focuses on the players in the sin of loshon hora: the speaker, the listener and the subject. He begins with some important rules about the … Continue reading

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Monetary Disputes

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 7:13-14        If you have ever been approached by a person involved in a monetary dispute, you have probably found that in his opinion, his opponent is completely in the wrong with no … Continue reading

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Two Conditions

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 7:11-12 In the previous segment, the Chofetz Chaim introduced us to the concept of “Devarim Hanikarim” recognizable signs (i.e. circumstantial proof) as a basis for believing certain forms of loshon hora. There … Continue reading

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Weighing the Evidence

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 7:10        In this segment, the Chofetz Chaim examines the concept of Devarim Hanikarim, recognizable signs, as it applies to the laws of loshon hora. From a Talmudic interpretation of a story in … Continue reading

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Casual Remarks

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 7:9 The concept in halachah of Mesiach L’fi Tumo accords a casual remark made in conversation the status of testimony in beis din (rabbinical court). The classic case where this rule is … Continue reading

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The Trustworthy Witness

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 7:7-8 In this segment, the Chofetz Chaim begins discussing three situations where seemingly there is reason to allow the listener to accept loshon hora as fact. These situations are: 1. Where the … Continue reading

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Split Personalities

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 7:5-6        The famed R’ Yisrael Salanter once said that the “eleventh commandment” is “Don’t be a fool,” which means that the Torah obligates us to use our intelligence and life experience to … Continue reading

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