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have in mind that you are studying this material as a merit for a specific
single and/or Jewish singles throughout the world.
- My friend was driving me to work when someone whom he
knows cut him off. Needless to say, my friend was not too pleased. If I
were to remind him the following day about the incident, is that
considered rechilus? After all, I’m not telling him anything he doesn’t
- It would still be considered rechilus. Any words that
will bring hatred upon a fellow Jew is forbidden. Even though your friend
already knows what happened yesterday; when you remind him of it, you are
re-arousing his feelings of anger towards the one who cut him off and are
therefore in violation of rechilus.
- I have a friend who owns a hardware shop. If I tell him
that so and so said his merchandise is lousy, am I in violation of
- Absolutely. Telling your friend that someone spoke
negatively about his wares is considered rechilus as well. As mentioned
above, anything that will arouse hatred upon a fellow Jew is considered
rechilus; even if it’s not about him personally but rather his wares,
since the outcome is the same. He will feel resentment towards the one
who maligned his merchandise.
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 know what protects us from our enemies
more than anything else?
Menaseh: I would imagine you’re going to say Torah
Oded: That’s correct.
Menaseh: What’s your source for that?
Oded: There are actually many sources. Let’s start
with Yitzchok Avinu’s declaration.
Menaseh: Which declaration are you referring to?
Oded: “The voice is the voice of Yaakov and the
hands are the hands of Eisav”
Menaseh: How does that show that Torah learning protects
us from our enemies?
Oded: The Medrash learns from this that when the
voice of Yaakov is heard in the Beis Medrash, the hands of Eisav have no power
over us. However, if the voice of Yaakov is still, the hands of Eisav become
Menaseh: Is that to say that Torah learning is more
powerful than an army?
Oded: Absolutely! A Jewish army can only be
successful if there are Jews pouring over their Gemoras in the Beis Medrash.
If, G-d forbid, they are not, the most powerful army with the most advanced
weaponry will not succeed.
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1) Sefer Chofetz Chaim Sec. 2 Chap. 1 Par. 10
2) Sefer Chofetz Chaim Sec. 2 Chap. 1 Par. 11
Sefer Shmiras Haloshon Sha’ar HaTorah Chap. 4