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- If I show somebody a letter that someone else wrote about
him (derogatorily), is that considered rechilus?
- Absolutely. Any form of communication that brings hatred
upon a fellow Jew is considered rechilus, even if it’s a non-verbal
- If what I’m saying is the truth, is that considered
- Even if what you said was 100% true it is still considered
rechilus. As mentioned above, the sin of rechilus is bringing hatred upon
another Jew. Any form of communication that results in that, is
considered rechilus, regardless of its veracity.
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: Here is another source from which we can learn
that when we forsake the Torah we are exposing ourselves to our enemies. In Parshas
B’shalach the Torah tells us that Amalek came and fought
against Klal Yisroel in Refidim.
Menaseh: How do you know that it was as a result of
Bnei Yisroel forsaking Torah learning?
Oded: Because the word Refidim in Hebrew,
besides being the name of a location, also indicates weakening. Our sages
derive that the word is referring to Bnei Yisroel’s laxity in Torah
Menaseh: So because Bnei Yisroel were lax in their
Torah learning they were attacked by Amalek?
Oded: Correct. The Zohar says in a similar vein
that Paraoh’s decree to increase Bnei Yisroel workload was also a result of
their laxity in Torah learning.
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1) Sefer Chofetz Chaim Sec. 2 Chap. 1 Par. 11
2) Sefer Chofetz Chaim Sec. 2 Chap. 1 Par. 4
Sefer Shmiras Haloshon Sha’ar HaTorah Chap. 4