Lesson 82

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Lesson #82

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Rechilus that’s
already known

  1. 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
  1. 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.


Rechilus involving

  1. 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
  1. 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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