Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Daily Jewish Law - 1/16 - New Topic: Lashon HaRa


Today we begin a new topic: Laws of Lashon HaRa (harmful speech) and the mandate to use our mouths in positive ways.

We actually did this topic a few years ago, but:
(1) It's always worth review, and
(2) I plan to add more this time around.

Mekor Chaim is the Chafetz Chaim's work on the laws of Lashon haRa, and I'll be working from that text. (His oft-quoted Shmirat haLashon incorporates law, but is a lot broader than that.)

"Four sins are so great that they warrant punishment in this world, but their core punishment remains for the next world: Idolatry, sexual immorality, murder, and evil speech is the equal of them all."

(Talmud Yerushalmi, Peah 4a)

Have a great day,

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