Category Archives: SEFER SHMIRAS HALOSHON

A Lesson A Day – Sensitivities

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM Sensitivities       To cause outright animosity between Jews is to speak rechilus; to effect a minor degree of ill feeling between Jews is to speak Avak Rechilus. An example of the latter is where one relates that someone … Continue reading

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A Lesson A Day – Seeking Assistance

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM Seeking Assistance       When seeking a person’s assistance, be it financial or otherwise, one may not mention that he knows of others who received similar assistance from this individual – unless the individual is known to appreciate the … Continue reading

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A Lesson A Day – Praise

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM Praise       When sincerely praising an individual’s generosity in the presence of others, one should not do so in a way that may cause his family or business partner to be upset with him for having been charitable … Continue reading

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A Lesson A Day – Rechilus When Attempting to Avoid Rechilus

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM Rechilus When Attempting to Avoid Rechilus       It is forbidden to tell someone, “I’d rather not tell you what so-and-so said about you,” for this is implying that “so-and-so” said something negative about the listener. If the speaker … Continue reading

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A Lesson A Day – Definition

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM Definition       One who does not exercise proper caution in matters of speech may find himself inadvertently fanning the flames of hatred. It is forbidden to mention an incident or other piece of information which might remind the … Continue reading

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A Lesson A Day – For the Sake of Peace

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM For the Sake of Peace       There are situations where refusal to answer a question would itself be a transgression of the prohibition against speaking rechilus. When, for example, one is asked whether or not a certain individual … Continue reading

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A Lesson A Day – Upon Request

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM Upon Request       As with any Torah prohibition, one may not speak rechilus even when he was asked to do so by someone who will be upset by his refusal to comply and has the power to do … Continue reading

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A Lesson A Day – Ambiguities

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM Ambiguities       A statement which can be interpreted by the listener to mean that one party acted or spoke against another is rechilus even though this was not the speaker’s interpretation of that which he recounted. Such information … Continue reading

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A Lesson A Day – Overt and Covert

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM Overt and Covert       As with other forms of loshon hora, halachah does not differentiate between rechilus that is stated explicitly or merely inferred. A statement in which names are omitted is still rechilus if the listener can … Continue reading

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A Lesson A Day – Old Information

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM Old Information       The prohibition against speaking rechilus may apply even if the listener is already aware of the information being conveyed. Rechilus includes any statement which may foster animosity; repeating how someone maligned or acted against the … Continue reading

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