Lesson 70

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Lesson #70

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Reporting a Jew to
a non-Jewish authority

  1. May I report a fellow Jew to non-Jewish government
  1. No.  it’s actually a very grave sin.  One, who commits such
    a sin, is classified together with a heretic, and is destined for eternal
    Gehinom.  In extenuated circumstances, a competent halachic authority
    should be consulted.


About whom may you
not believe loshon horah?

  1. About whom am I not allowed to believe loshon horah?
  1. Every Jew may not believe loshon horah about any Jew with
    the exception of loshon horah about a heretic or one who reports other
    Jews to non-Jewish government authorities (Malshin).  About them you may
    speak and believe loshon horah, since they are no longer considered a part
    of the Jewish nation.


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:  Torah will save you from all sorts of
calamities in this world and in the next.

Menaseh:  What do you mean?

Oded:  There is a posuk in Mishlei that states: “When
you go it will lead you, when you lie down it will watch over you, and when you
awaken it will speak in your merit”

Menaseh:  What is this referring to?

Oded:  Torah.

Menaseh:  Can you explain the posuk?

Oded:  Sure! The Tana D’bei Eliyahu explains it as
follows.  “When you go it will lead you” refers to this world.  “When you lie
down it will watch over you” refers to when you are dead in your grave.

Menaseh:  Why do I need it to watch over me in the

Oded:  It will protect you from punishments that can
occur after a person dies.

Menaseh:  And what does the posuk mean when it says
“and when you awaken it will speak in your merit”?

Oded:  When the time of resurrection arrives, the
Torah will speak in your merit so that you may be of the first to arise.

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