Lesson 53

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Lesson #53

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Hating someone
based on loshon horah

  1. I was told that a certain individual wants to cause me great
    harm.  I understand that I am not allowed to believe it but rather merely
    suspect that it might be true and take the necessary precautions to
    protect myself.  Am I allowed dislike this person based on my suspicions?
  1. No you may not.  You must treat him like any other Jew and
    love him as you love yourself.  Only in regard to protecting yourself from
    damage are you permitted to suspect him.


Causing harm based
on loshon horah

  1. I heard that a neighbor of mine has been seen stealing.  I
    was thinking of sharing this information with my next door neighbor so
    that he may protect himself.  However, if I tell him, he’s likely to take
    matters into his own hands and harm the suspect.  Am I allowed to tell him
    under these circumstances?
  1. No you may not.  Since you’re only allowed to suspect that
    he’s a thief, you are not allowed to cause him damage.  If telling your
    next door neighbor might cause the suspect undue damage, it is forbidden
    to tell him.


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:  The importance of strengthening ourselves in
Torah learning is quite apparent.

Menaseh:  How so?

Oded:  A) Since it can save us from the sin of loshon
horah.  B) Learning Torah is great in its own merit.

Menaseh:  Can you elaborate on that a bit?

Oded:  Sure!  The first thing you must know is that
learning Torah is in itself a mitzvah.

Menaseh:  I have a question regarding that.

Oded:  Please ask.

Menaseh:  Is the mitzvah to learn Torah so that we
should know what to do, or is there an inherent mitzvah to learn Torah?

Oded:  Aside from the fact that learning brings to
doing, there is an inherent mitzvah to learn Torah.

Menaseh:  So is the mitzvah to learn Torah a regular
mitzvah like any other?

Oded:  No; it’s actually much greater.  The Talmud
Yerushalmi states that all the mitzvos are not equal to the learning of even
one Torah concept!

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1) Sefer Chofetz Chaim Sec. 1 Chap. 6 Par.

2) Sefer Chofetz Chaim Sec. 1 Chap. 6 Be’er Mayim
Chaim 30


Sefer Shmiras Haloshon Sha’ar Hatorah Chap. 1

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