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Who is considered
- Is someone who has heretical beliefs because he was raised
in a non-religious background considered a heretic in regards to loshon horah?
- A person who was raised in a non-religious environment, or
even in a religious environment, but was never properly exposed to Torah, might
not be considered a heretic regarding the laws of loshon horah. However,
even in such circumstances, one may warn his/her children, or others, to
keep their distance, if being exposed to this individual might present a
spiritual danger. A competent halachic authority should be consulted to
determine the halachic status of such an individual.
Persistent rumor about
- If the word around town is, that a certain person has been
maliciously committing well known sins, am I allowed to speak loshon horah
- You may, but only under the following circumstances:
- He is established in the city as a rosha beyond a doubt
due to the constant reports of him committing well known sins.
- Your intention must be for the right reasons; i.e. to
disparage such behavior in the eyes of the masses so that they won’t
follow in his ways and perhaps even he will refrain from such behavior in
the future when he sees to what extent he is looked down upon as a result
of his actions. You may not speak about him out of personal hatred or
for any personal gain.
- You may not exaggerate the sin.
- You must speak about him publicly and openly and not
privately. If you are fearful that this individual might harm you or that
speaking about it publicly might lead to strife, you may tell people
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: Listen to what the Zohar has to say about
those who learn Torah!
Menaseh: I’m listening.
Oded: Rebbi Yehuda opened and said regarding the
posuk in Tehilim: “The Torah of Hashem is whole, it restores the soul”. How
important it is for a person to exert himself in Torah, for everyone who does
so, will have a life in this world and the next. He will be meritorious in
Menaseh: What about someone who learns Torah but not
for the right reasons?
Oded: He too will merit reward in this world and he
will not be judged in the next world.
Menaseh: What do you mean; he will not be judged in
the next world?
Oded: When his soul goes up to take its place, the
Torah he learned will proceed before him. Many gates that stand in the way of his
soul will be broken, until the soul reaches its place. The Torah will remain over
him until the time of resurrection arrives; it will stand in his defense.
Menaseh: That sounds too extraordinary.
Oded: These are not my words; they’re the words of
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2) Sefer Chofetz Chaim Sec. 1 Chap. 8 Par. 7 Be’er Mayim
Sefer Chofetz Chaim Sec. 1 Chap.7 Be’er Mayim Chaim 10
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Sefer Shmiras Haloshon Sha’ar HaTorah Chap. 2