Thursday, February 7, 2008

Daily Jewish Law - 2/8


We have been learning about Lashon haRa, harmful speech.

Reactions to one's words are highly subjective, and one is responsible to make sure that his words will not be taken negatively by the person about whom he is speaking.

To give the Chafetz Chaim's relatively simple example: To say that a certain person sets aside four hours per day for Torah study would be great praise for a person who spends nine hours day at a job - but would be an insult for a person who is in yeshiva. Many real-life situations are far more complex than this, but the key is to think in terms of the feelings of the subject.

(Mekor Chaim 5:6)

Have a great day,

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