Monthly Archives: July 2011

A Lesson A Day – When an Act is justified

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM When an Act is justified       Speaking rechilus is prohibited even when it is made clear that the act committed was totally justified. It is therefore forbidden to tell someone that another person spoke negatively of him for … Continue reading

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Dcompanion – Putting Out the Fire

Shmiras Haloshon Yomi SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM Laws of Loshon Hora 8:8-9 Putting Out the Fire        In this segment, the Chofetz Chaim discusses the issue of loshon hora as it relates to machlokes (dispute). Specifically, he deals with how and when … Continue reading

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A Lesson A Day – Rechilus: A Definition

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM Rechilus: A Definition       While the verse “Do not go as a gossipmonger among your people” (Vayikra 19:16), prohibits all forms of loshon hora, the term “gossipmonger,” refers specifically to rechilus, information that potentially can cause ill will … Continue reading

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A Lesson A Day – Repentance

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM Repentance       The standard order of teshuvah (repentance) for sins between man and G-d is: confession, regret and resolution never to repeat the act in the future. One who willfully listened as someone related loshon hora is required … Continue reading

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Dcompanion – Defining the Apikoros

Shmiras Haloshon Yomi SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM Laws of Loshon Hora 8:7 Defining the Apikoros        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 … Continue reading

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Dcompanion – Torah Scholars

Shmiras Haloshon Yomi SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM Laws of Loshon Hora 8:5-6 Torah Scholars        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 … Continue reading

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A Lesson A Day – The Habitual Sinner

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM The Habitual Sinner       The prohibition of accepting loshon hora does not apply when the subject is known to regularly engage in the negative behavior under discussion. Thus, if on a number of occasions one has personally witnessed … Continue reading

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Dcompanion – Children

Shmiras Haloshon Yomi SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM Laws of Loshon Hora 8:3-4 Children        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 … Continue reading

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A Lesson A Day – Confirming Suspicions

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM Confirming Suspicions       The Torah does not accept circumstantial evidence as proof of a person’s guilt. Thus, when one suspects an individual of improper behavior, he may not decide that his suspicions are correct based on the person’s … Continue reading

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Dcompanion – Family Talk

Shmiras Haloshon Yomi SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM Laws of Loshon Hora 8:1-2 Family Talk        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 … Continue reading

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