Lesson 56c Believing loshon horah when told by 2 people
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horah when told by 2 people
- If 2 people told me the same loshon horah, may I believe
- No. Since by saying loshon horah they are sinning and are
considered evil doers, you certainly can’t take their word to lower the status
of a Jew who until now was considered upstanding. One who speaks loshon
horah is also likely to alter the facts, exaggerate, or even outright lie.
Even if a hundred people or more told you the same loshon horah, you may
not believe them.
- What if 2 people are telling me the same loshon horah but
are not sinning because it’s for a valid purpose? Am I allowed to believe
them? Don’t we say that 2 witnesses are believed on all matters?
- Two witnesses are believed on all matters only when they
testify in Bais Din (a court that judges solely according to the laws of
the Torah). Outside of Bais Din, their words do not carry that same weight.
Therefore, you may only suspect but not believe.
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 one who fulfills a mitzvah
is given credit as if he himself innovated the mitzvah.
Menaseh: What does that mean?
Oded: That means that even though Hashem actually
formulated that mitzvah, when one fulfills it Hashem considers it as if he who
fulfilled it innovated this way of serving Hashem.
Menaseh: That sounds like a tremendous merit.
Oded: It certainly is. This is true for any mitzvah
a person fulfills. Imagine how great the reward will be for one who fulfills
the mitzvah of guarding his tongue.
Menaseh: Why is the mitzvah of guarding ones tongue
greater than other mitzvos regarding the merit of being considered its
Oded: Because as previously illustrated many
parshiyos in the Torah deal with this mitzvah. Therefore, one who fulfills it
gets credit for all those parshiyos, which are a significant portion of the
Torah. Imagine how much honor he will receive for this in the future and how
much joy will fill his heart. As the posuk in Tehilim states: “The heart of
those who seek Hashem shall rejoice”.
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1) Sefer Chofetz Chaim Sec. 1 Chap. 7 Par. 3
2) Sefer Chofetz Chaim Sec. 1 Chap. 7 Par. 3
Sefer Shmiras Haloshon Section 2 Chap. 3