Lesson 60

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Lesson #60

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Sharing loshon
horah that is proven to be true

  1. I have evidence that the loshon horah I heard is true.  May
    I go ahead and share this information with others?
  1. Absolutely not.  It is no better than if you saw it
    yourself, it is still forbidden to tell others.  As we’ve learned in
    previous lessons, the prohibition of speaking loshon horah is even if you
    know the information to be 100% true.


Taking action
based on loshon horah with corroborating circumstantial evidence

  1. In a situation that I’m permitted to believe the loshon
    horah based on corroborating evidence, may I then go ahead and take action
    against this person?
  1. No.  The allowance is only to believe the words of loshon
    horah in your heart.  However, you make not cause to him any physical or
    financial harm based on the evidence.  To take action against a person,
    physically or financially, one must have the level of evidence required by
    the Torah, which is no less than 2 “kosher” witnesses.  Circumstantial
    evidence is not sufficient.


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:  Anyone who toils in Torah for its sake brings
peace to the heavenly hosts and the earthly ones.  Rav states: it’s as if he
built the palaces above and the ones below.

Menaseh:  That sounds esoteric.  Do you mind
explaining it?

Oded:  When people sin they cause strife, above and
below.  There is strife between the angels who prosecute and those who defend. 
When one learns Torah for its sake, he restores the peace between the angels.

Menaseh:  Okay.  And what does Rav mean when he says
it’s as if he built the palaces above and below.

Oded:  As we mentioned previously, the world was
created with Torah.  When one learns Torah for its sake he is upholding the
heavens and the earth.

Menaseh:  Why then does Rav say it’s as if he built
the palaces above and below, isn’t he actually building them through his words
of Torah?

Oded:  You are asking a good question!  Tomorrow, we
will discuss it further.

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1) Sefer Chofetz Chaim Sec. 1 Chap. 7 Par. 12

2) Sefer Chofetz Chaim Sec. 1 Chap. 7 Par. 12


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