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Rechilus told by
- All my co-workers told me that my boss said something
derogatory about me. Am I allowed to believe them?
- No you may not. Even though you heard the same information
from many people, you may not believe the rechilus. This is true even if
they weren’t committing a sin by telling you about it; for example, if
they are telling you the information for your benefit so that you can
protect yourself from getting fired; it is still forbidden for you to
- If a rumor is circulating that someone wants to harm me,
am I permitted to believe it?
- You may suspect but not believe. You are only allowed to
suspect that the rumor is true regarding actions necessary to take in
order to protect yourself but not regarding other matters.
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: The posuk in Mishlei states that a mitzvah is
a candle and Torah is light.
Menaseh: Can you explain that?
Oded: Sure! There is another posuk in Mishlei which
states: “The candle of Hashem is the soul of a person”. Therefore, one who
does a mitzvah is sustaining his soul and lighting a candle for Hashem.
Menaseh: And does the second part of the posuk mean
by “Torah is light”?
Oded: Many times when a person seeks to do a
mitzvah, his evil inclination will tell him “why do this mitzvah? It’s going
to cost you money. Why not spend the money on your children instead? And his
good inclination tells him “Do the mitzvah”. The posuk in Mishlei comes to
teach us that just as a candle no matter how many people light from it, it does
not lose any of its light; so to, when you spend money on a mitzvah you will
not lose anything.
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1) Sefer Chofetz Chaim Sec. 2 Chap. 6 Par.
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Sefer Shmiras Haloshon Sha’ar HaTorah Chap. 5