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Loshon horah about
- I have a friend who owns a bicycle shop. He told me that
the bicycles sold by his Jewish competitor are of inferior quality. Is that
considered loshon horah?
- It certainly is. The prohibition of speaking loshon horah
applies to speaking negatively about someone’s merchandise as well, since
it can reflect poorly on the owner or cause him financial damage.
Loshon horah told
by 2 people
- If 2 people tell over loshon horah together, is that any
- No. As a matter of fact it is even a greater sin; since
if it’s told by 2 people it will be considered more credible and people
will more readily believe it, resulting in greater harm to the subject of
the loshon horah.
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: We mentioned 7 possible causes that can lead a
person to freely speak loshon horah. They were:
Menaseh: We were discussing cause #7,
rationalization. You mentioned yesterday that thoroughly learning the laws of
a particular mitzvah can have a dramatic impact on ones ability to fulfill that
Oded: That’s right. A) Because it will make us more
cognizant of the mitzvah. B) When we toil in the words of our sages, Hashem
removes the yetzer horah for that particular sin which we’ve studied.
Menaseh: So regarding the sin of loshon horah, if
someone has become so accustomed to speaking loshon horah that he/she no longer
even realizes what is emanating from their mouth, is there hope of reversing
Oded: Absolutely! By learning the laws and reviewing
them numerous times, one can reverse that effect; to the extent that one will
become conscious of every word that comes out of their mouth, even if it’s only
avak (the dust of) loshon horah.
Menaseh: This concept of being conscious of every
word that comes out of ones mouth is something that’s relevant to loshon horah
only or all forms of speech as well.
Oded: It is something that can have an impact on all
speech. You see, Hashem implanted within a person, senses. The sense of
detecting what hits your tongue is one of the stronger senses, by nature.
Menaseh: So why then am I often not cognizant of
what I say?
Oded: That’s a result of extraneous speech. When a
person becomes accustomed to speaking excessively, without giving much thought
to what he/she is saying, it greatly weakens this sense.
Menaseh: Can I restore this sense if it has already
Oded: Yes. By learning and often reviewing the laws
of Shmiras haloshon, you will pay more attention to what you say and as a
result, you will begin to regain this sense until it will ultimately be
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1) Sefer Chofetz Chaim Sec. 1 Chap. 5 Par.
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Sefer Shmiras Haloshon Sha’ar Hatevunah Chap. 16