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Loshon horah about
- I once heard that you’re allowed to say loshon horah about
a heretic. Is that true?
- Yes. As a matter of fact, it’s a mitzvah to degrade a
heretic whenever possible, be it in his presence or behind his back.
Whatever negative thing you see or hear about him, you may freely share
with others. The prohibition of speaking loshon horah is only about a
fellow Jew. One who has rebelled against Hashem, is no longer considered
a part of the Jewish nation. To the contrary, one who loves Hashem will display
hatred towards a person who has rebelled against Hashem. As Dovid Hamelech
said “Those who hate you Hashem, I will Hate, and those who have risen up
against you, I shall fight, a complete hatred I hate them”.
- Who is considered a heretic?
- A heretic (an Apikores in the language of our sages) is
one who denies The Torah, be it the written Torah (the Biblical Canon) or
the oral Torah, (Mishna, Talmud, etc.). Even if one says the entire Torah
is true, except for this verse, this inference, or this derivation, he is
still deemed an Apikores. In addition, one who denies the prophecies of
the Jewish prophets, is considered a heretic as well.
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: Do you want to know what true honor is?
Oded: True honor is the honor you receive for your
Menaseh: Where do you know that from?
Oded: It’s a Mishna in Avos based on a posuk in
Menaseh: Why is Torah the only true honor?
Oded: All other honor is dependent on something,
therefore, you’re not being honored it’s what you have that’s being honored.
Menaseh: Can you give me an example?
Oded: Sure! If you’re honored because of your
wealth then it’s your wealth that’s being honored; if you’re honored because of
your position, it’s the position that their honoring.
Menaseh: Isn’t that true regarding Torah as well?
It’s the Torah they are honoring.
Oded: When you are honored because of your Torah
it’s also you who are being honored because the Torah becomes part of you.
That is why it’s the only true honor.
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1) Sefer Chofetz Chaim Sec. 1 Chap. 8 Par. 5
2) Sefer Chofetz Chaim Sec. 1 Chap. 8 Par. 5
Sefer Shmiras Haloshon Sha’ar HaTorah Chap. 2