Lesson 68

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Lesson #68

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Speaking loshon
horah about one who has passed on

  1. Am I allowed to speak loshon horah about people who are
    already dead?
  1. The early sages enacted a prohibition against speaking
    loshon horah about dead people.  It is an even greater sin to speak loshon
    horah about a Torah scholar who has passed on, and even worse, to degrade
    his Torah thoughts.


Speaking loshon
horah to a spouse

  1. Is it permissible for me to speak to my spouse about people
    if it involves loshon horah?
  1. It is forbidden unless there is a specific purpose.  For
    example, if your wife runs the shop and she is selling on credit to a customer
    who you know is dishonest, you may warn her not to do so; even if it’s
    only a suspicion.  However, if it’s only a suspicion, you should be
    careful to emphasis that it’s only a suspicion and not fact.  A spouse is
    no different than anyone else regarding the laws of loshon horah.


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:  Would you like to know more about the power of

Menaseh:  Sure!

Oded:  The Gemora in Meseches Brochos states that
anyone who toils in Torah, his sins will be forgiven.

Menaseh:  From where does the Gemora know that?

Oded:  It’s a posuk in Mishlei: “With kindness and
truth sins will be atoned.”
  Truth refers to Torah.

Menaseh:  What else can you tell me about the power
of Torah?

Oded:  Anyone who toils in Torah, hardships will
avoid him.

Menaseh:  So if I see hardships coming upon me, will
it help if I flee to the Beis Medrash and learn Torah?

Oded:  Yes!  That’s exactly what Tan D’bei Eliyahu
recommends: “If you see hardships feeling their way towards you, run to
words of Torah.

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