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Rechilus told by a
- If the person who tells me rechilus is someone who I know
to be 100% honest, to the extent that I trust him as I would trust 2
witnesses in Bais Din, may I believe his rechilus?
- In the times of the Talmud such a leniency existed.
However, it has been ruled that now-a-days a person shouldn’t declare that
an individual is trustworthy to him as 2 witnesses. Additionally, it is not
a simple matter to meet all the conditions required for this leniency.
Therefore, as with all loshon horah and rechilus you may only suspect, if
it’s something that affects you, but you may not believe it.
- If someone tells me rechilus casually, in a nonchalant
manner, without intending to stir up hatred, may I believe him?
- There is no legitimate basis for such a leniency.
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 Zohar also has much to say about one who
supports those who toil in Torah?
Menaseh: What does the Zohar say?
Oded: The Zohar begins by pointing out that in the
blessings of both Yaakov and Moshe, Zevulun in mentioned before Yissachar.
Menaseh: Wasn’t Yissachar older?
Oded: That’s correct, but the Zohar asks from a
different angle. Yissachar toiled in Torah and we find that those who learn
Torah always take precedent. Why then is Zevulun mentioned first by both
Yaakov and Moshe in their Brochos?
Menaseh: Does the Zohar provide an answer for this
Oded: Sure; the Zohar attributes it to the fact that
Zevulun took food from his own mouth and gave it to Yissachar, thereby
facilitating Yissachar’s learning. That’s why he was mentioned first in the
Brochos. “From this we learn”, continues the Zohar, “that one who supports
those who learn Torah, merits Brochos from above and below. And not only that,
but they also merit 2 tables, something that no other person merits. They
merit wealth in this world and a portion in the world to come.”
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1) Sefer Chofetz Chaim Sec. 2 Chap. 6 Par.
2) Sefer Chofetz Chaim Sec. 2 Chap. 6 Par. 8
Sefer Shmiras Haloshon Sha’ar HaTorah Chap. 5