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Rechilus about an
- If I see an am ha’aretz (ignoramus) disparage someone, is
it considered rechilus for me to go and tell this to the person whom he disparaged?
- An am ha’aretz is considered “amecha” (part of the Jewish
nation). As such, it is forbidden to speak rechilus about an am ha’aretz
Rechilus about a
- Is it worse to say rechilus about a Talmid Chacham (Torah
scholar) than about an average individual?
- Yes, for the following 3 reasons:
- If the rechilus is a lie, it’s obviously a greater sin
than if it’s true. When saying rechilus about a Talmid Chochom it’s
often untrue, since Talmidei Chachomim are less likely to disparage or
harm someone for no good reason.
- The Torah commands us to attach ourselves to Talmidei
Chachomim by eating, drinking, and doing business with them, marrying our
daughters to them, and treating them with great respect. Telling
rechilus about them has the opposite effect of all the above.
- If someone hears that he was disparaged by a Talmid
Chochom he takes it much more seriously than if he was disparaged by an
average individual. Therefore, such rechilus can cause greater
animosity and is therefore a greater sin. This is especially true if the
rechilus is told about the Rav of the city.
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: Now a day it’s especially important to marry
your daughter to a talmid chacham.
Menaseh: Why is that?
Oded: It increases the chances of the children turning
out to be G-d fearing, mitzvah observing Jews.
Menaseh: I’ve seen many fine children come out of
homes where the father is not a Torah scholar.
Oded: That may be true but you would have to admit
that growing up in today’s materialistic society presents great challenges in
Oded: Would you then agree that exposing children to
less materialism and more spiritualism would be beneficial?
Oded: I think that a home that is steeped in Torah
learning will generally be more focused on spiritual matters and less on
Menaseh: But who’s to guarantee that children
growing up in a home of Torah will be sheltered from the materialistic world. Let’s
face it, it permeates society, you can’t really escape it.
Oded: There is no guarantee but when the focus of
the home is Torah, you are certainly increasing your chances. Additionally,
the merit of Torah protects and saves us.
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1) Sefer Chofetz Chaim Sec. 2 Chap. 7 Par.
2) Sefer Chofetz Chaim Sec. 2 Chap. 7 Par. 2
Sefer Shmiras Haloshon Sha’ar HaTorah Chap. 5