Lesson 88

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Lesson #88

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Believing Rechilus

  1. Someone told me that my friend said derogatory things
    about me; may I believe him?
  1. No.  The prohibition against believing loshon horah applies
    to rechilus as well.  Our sages teach us that Rechilus kills 3 people: the
    teller, the one who accepts it, and the one whom it was told about.  We
    see this from the story of Doeg who spoke rechilus about the city of Nov to Shaul.  In the end, all 3 perished as a result.  Additionally, our sages teach us
    that the one who believes loshon horah or rechilus is worse than the one
    who tells it.  The Gemora in Meseches Pesachim derives from the
    juxtaposition of the pesukim that one who tells loshon horah or rechilus
    is fit to be thrown to the dogs.


Listening To

  1. What about if I commit myself not to believe the rechilus;
    am I allowed to listen to it?
  1. No you may not.  Even listening without believing is
    forbidden.  However, there is an exception.  If you detect that someone
    wants to harm you, you may listen to rechilus about him so that you may
    know how to protect yourself.  However, even under such circumstances, you
    may only suspect that what you’re hearing might be true in order to
    protect yourself, but under no circumstances are you to accept the
    rechilus as fact.


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 hear about the greatness of
supporting Torah and benefiting Torah scholars?

Menaseh:  Sure!

Oded:  The posuk in Devarim states: “And you who are
attached to Hashem your G-d, you are all alive today”.

Menaseh:  How is it possible to attach ones self To

Oded:  Our sages teach us that if one who marries his
daughter to a Torah scholar or does business with a Torah scholar or benefits a
Torah scholar from his possessions; it is considered as if he is attached to
the divine countenance.

Menaseh:  So in other words, clinging to Torah
scholars is the equivalent of clinging to Hashem.

Oded:  That’s correct.  Along those same lines, our
sages teach us that if one hosts a Torah scholar and gives him pleasure from
his possessions, it is considered as if he offered the daily sacrifice that was
offered in the Bais Hamikdash.

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