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Telling a wife
what someone said about her husband
- If someone said something derogatory about my friend, am I
permitted to tell his wife if I caution her not to reveal it to her
- No; that would be considered rechilus. Even if her
husband would never find out about it, she herself will no doubt harbor
resentment towards the fellow who spoke negatively about her husband.
Rechilus to a
Non-Jew about a Jew
- Is it considered rechilus if I tell a Non-Jew that the
merchandise sold to him by a Jew was of inferior quality?
- Telling a Non-Jew rechilus about a Jew is considered
rechilus as well. In some ways it’s even worse than telling a Jew, since
a non-Jew is more likely to believe the rechilus and take harmful action.
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: We’ve been discussing the importance of
supporting those who learn Torah, but there is another important matter that
I’d like to share with you.
Menaseh: What might that be?
Oded: Establishing Yeshivos.
Menaseh: Establishing Yeshivos? Aren’t there so
many of them?
Oded: Certainly in big Jewish metropolitans that is
the case, but I’m advocating establishing a Yeshiva in every city where there
is a Jewish population.
Menaseh: Why is that so important?
Oded: It’s crucial for Klal Yisroel to have as many
people as possible learning Torah. If the youth don’t have a suitable framework
for a Torah education, we are minimizing the chances of them toiling in Torah
when they get older.
Menaseh: So you are referring to setting up Yeshivos
Oded: Absolutely! Unfortunately there are numerous
youngsters who could have been brilliant Torah scholars and teachers, but due
to the lack of suitable education in their youth, they remained ignorant of
Menaseh: I would venture to say that we even lost
some to Judaism all together as a result.
Oded: That’s correct. So I’m sure you understand
the urgency of the matter.
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1) Sefer Chofetz Chaim Sec. 2 Chap. 7 Par.
2) Sefer Chofetz Chaim Sec. 2 Chap. 7 Par. 4
Sefer Shmiras Haloshon Sha’ar HaTorah Chap. 6