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fellow Jew of slander
- I was fired from my job and I’m not sure if the boss (who
happens to be a non-Jew) decided on his own to fire me, or if a Jewish
co-worker slandered me. Am I violating any prohibition if I suspect my
co-worker of maligning me?
- Yes. The Torah requires of us to give our fellow Jew the
benefit of the doubt. Unless you have solid evidence to the contrary, you
may not suspect that your co-worker slandered you.
- The truth is I was told by other co-workers that this
fellow did in fact slander me to the boss. As a matter of fact, they even
confronted this fellow about it and he remained silent. Would this be
considered sufficient evidence that he did in fact slander me?
- The fact that he remained silent is not adequate
evidence. Even though a person is obligated to make sure that he is clean
in the eyes of Hashem and people; perhaps, he realized that his accusers
were so biased against him that whatever he would say would not satisfy
them. As a result, he chose to be from those who hear their degradation
and don’t respond, an attribute that is very commendable and powerful.
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: When one supports a Torah scholar, the Torah
that is learned is also credited to the supporter.
Menaseh: From where do you know that?
Oded: The Mishna in Meseches Zevachim makes a
statement in the name of Shimon the brother of Azaria. The Gemora in Meseches
Sotah explains that Azaria was really Shimon’s younger brother. The reason why
his name was referenced when mentioning what Shimon taught was because Azaria
was a business man and he supported his brother Shimon so that he could learn.
Therefore, Azaria as well is credited with the halacha that his brother Shimon
Menaseh: Isn’t that true as well regarding Yissachar
Oded: That’s correct. When the Torah refers to the
tents of Yissachar, i.e. their Torah learning, Zevulun’s name is referenced as
well since Zevulun supported Yissachar in order to enable them to fully
dedicate themselves to Torah study.
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1) Sefer Chofetz Chaim Sec. 6 Chap. Par.
2) Sefer Chofetz Chaim Sec. 6 Chap. Par. 3
Sefer Shmiras Haloshon Sha’ar HaTorah Chap. 5