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about a dishonest merchant
- There is a store owner in my neighborhood that I know is
dishonest. If I see an unsuspecting individual enter his store to make a
purchase, may I caution him regarding the store owner’s lack of integrity?
- You are obligated to warn him lest he be swindled; however,
you must take care to adhere to the 5 conditions listed in the appendix
- What would be categorized as dishonest regarding this?
- Misrepresenting the merchandise, inaccurate weights and
measurements, or overcharging by a sixth of the market value or more. If
the store owner overcharges by less than a sixth, the Chofetz Chaim is in
doubt as to whether you may inform him or not.
This section is
formatted as a conversation between Oded and Menaseh. Oded is encouraging his
friend Menaseh to be more careful in guarding his tongue from evil speech. The
thoughts in this section are primarily based on the sefer, Shmiras Haloshon.
Oded: Our sages teach us that if one who teaches his
grandson Torah, it’s as if he received the Torah at Har Sinai.
Menaseh: Where do they know that from?
Oded: The juxtaposition of 2 pesukim. The first
posuk states: “And you should inform your sons and grandsons”. The posuk
immediately following it says: “The day that you stood before Hashem at Chorev
(Har Sinai)…” Our sages tell us that the positioning of these pesukim next to
each other teach us that teaching your grandchildren Torah is equivalent to
receiving the Torah at Har Sinai.
Menaseh: It certainly seems like it’s a very
Oded: You also merit long life for yourself and your
Menaseh: What’s that based on?
Oded: Also a juxtaposition of pesukim. A father can
also be spared from being judged in Gehinom through the Torah learning of his
son. Tomorrow we will discuss this in more detail.
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1. Don’t be hasty in arriving at a decision about the nature of the person
or situation but rather deliberate carefully.
2. Do not exaggerate the matter.
3. Your intentions should be solely to help the individual whom you are
advising and not out of hatred for the other party.
4. If you can bring about the benefit some other way, without telling
rechilus, then it is forbidden to tell the rechilus.
Your words may not cause him more harm than is
due to him in Bais Din.
1) Sefer Chofetz Chaim Sec. 2 Chap. 9 Par.
2) Sefer Chofetz Chaim Sec. 2 Chap. 9 Par. 10
Sefer Shmiras Haloshon Sha’ar HaTorah Chap. 7