Lesson 57

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Lesson #57

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Believing rumors


  1. There is a rumor circulating around town that a neighbor
    of mine embezzled money.  I heard this rumor from a few different
    sources.  Am I allowed to believe it?
  1. You may not believe the rumor.  However, you may harbor a
    suspicion until the matter is further clarified.  It is forbidden to tell
    others with the intention of spreading the rumor.


  1. There is a person in our community who is constantly the
    subject of rumors regarding immoral behavior.  If I hear rumors about such
    a person, am I allowed to believe them?
  1. If he is a person who is already established in the city
    as one who blatantly disregards Hashem’s mitzvos, then you may believe the
    rumors you hear about 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:  We were discussing the posuk in Iyov which
compares Torah to water.  There are a few more similarities that I would like
to share with you.

Menaseh:  Sure, go ahead.

Oded:  Just as water revives the soul of a person so does
Torah.  Just as water is free so is Torah.

Menaseh:  If water is free that means it has no
value.  Can we say the same for Torah?

Oded:  Absolutely not!  The Posuk in Mishlei states:
“Its more valuable than pearls, all your possessions do not match up to it.

Menaseh:  Does that mean to say that we should pursue
Torah more than we should pursue pearls or other worldly possessions?

Oded:  Absolutely!  A person was created only for the
sake of Torah.

Menaseh:  From where to you know that?

Oded:  A posuk in Iyov.  The posuk states: “A person
was born to toil”.  Our sages learn out from other pesukim that “toil is
referring to the toil of Torah.

Menaseh:  So a person is born to toil in Torah.

Oded:  Precisely!

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