Lesson 60c Sharing loshon horah that is proven to be true – Taking action based on loshon horah with corroborating circumstantial evidence
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horah that is proven to be true
- I have evidence that the loshon horah I heard is true. May
I go ahead and share this information with others?
- 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.
based on loshon horah with corroborating circumstantial evidence
- 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?
- 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 for such action, 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.
Menaseh: You mentioned last time we spoke that the
holier a person’s soul, the higher up the damage will reach in the heavenly
sanctuary. How does that relate to loshon horah?
Oded: There are certain sins that are so severe that
even when a regular Jew commits them, the damage goes very far up. Loshon
horah is one such sin.
Menaseh: How do we see that?
Oded: When a Metzora becomes pure the Kohen must
sprinkle oil opposite the holy of holies to atone for his sin.
Menaseh: Why there?
Oded: Because the damage from the sin of loshon
horah, which is a cause of Tzora’as, reaches that far.
Menaseh: That’s a very scary thought. Loshon horah
reaches all the way to the holy of holies!
Oded: In Tana D’bei Eliyahu we find that loshon
horah reaches all the way up to the throne of Hashem. He derives that from a
posuk in Tehilim.
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1) Sefer Chofetz Chaim Sec. 1 Chap. 7 Par. 12
2) Sefer Chofetz Chaim Sec. 1 Chap. 7 Par. 12
Sefer Shmiras Haloshon Section 2 Chap. 4