Lesson 96

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Lesson #96

Please verbalize or
have in mind that you are studying this material as a merit for a specific
single and/or Jewish singles throughout the world.




  1. I have clear evidence that a competitor of mine tried to
    harm my business by reporting me to government officials.  I once heard
    that if someone reports you to government officials you are allowed to
    retaliate by reporting them.  Is there any truth to this?
  1. There is such an allowance, but it would not apply to your
    situation for the following reasons:
    1. You may retaliate if that’s the only way to prevent him
      from doing this to you again.  However, if there is another way of
      preventing him, or if your intention is to take revenge, it is absolutely
    2. You may only do this if you yourself saw that he reported
      you.  Having evidence or hearing about it from someone else is not


Telling rechilus
to a parent

  1. I overheard someone saying some nasty things about my
    father.  I must say, it disturbed me greatly.  I feel like telling my
    father about it.  May I?
  1. You may not.  There is no difference between relatives and
    non-relatives regarding the prohibition of rechilus.


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 says that one who supports those who
toil in Torah will merit good and holy offspring.

Menaseh:  Do we find a source in the Torah where
Hashem expresses his desire to have people who are fully dedicated to toiling
in Torah while being supported by others?

Oded:  Absolutely!   The tribe of Laivi.

Menaseh:  Can you elaborate?

Oded:  Sure.  Hashem separated the tribe of Laivi
from the rest of Klal Yisroel.  The tribe of Laivi didn’t receive a portion in
Eretz Yisroel nor its spoils.

Menaseh:  Why?

Oded:  Hashem wanted Laivi to be fully dedicated to
the service of Hashem and not involved in worldly matters.

Menaseh:  How then are they to sustain themselves?

Oded:  Hashem declared “I am your portion and your
lot”.  Hashem commanded the rest of Klal Yisroel not to forsake the tribe of
Laivi but rather to support them with the special gifts that He mandated for

Menaseh:  Do we find anywhere that this arrangement is
meant for others who are not from the tribe of Laivi.

Oded:  The Rambam writes that any individual who separates
himself to exclusively serve Hashem and removes himself from worldly matters is
considered holy of holies and he too will be “The portion of Hashem” for ever
and ever.

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