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February 2019 ......................... Shevat - Adar I 5779 ......................... Volume 14 Issue 2

Lashon Hara

Angela Kunkel
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Angela Renee Kunkel

 


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  Maimonides writes, “Evil speech kills three people—the one who says it, the one who accepts it, and the one about whom it is said.” (Laws Concerning Character Traits, Chapter 7-Section 3)

The prohibition against lashon hara (“evil speech” often translated as “gossip”) refers to any derogatory or damaging statement against an individual, even if the the slanderous remarks are true. If these remarks were to be publicized to others, the subject might suffer physical or monetary damage, anguish,
or fear.

The Torah offers specific words from The Holy One forbidding lashon hara, these include: “Do not go about as a talebearer”
—Leviticus 19:16

  “You shall not hate your brother in your heart”—Leviticus 19:17 “You shall not spread a false report”—Exodus 23:1, “Love your neighbor as yourself”—Leviticus 19:18. Among the verses that prohibit specific types of slanderous speech are: “You shall not insult the deaf” —Leviticus 19:14 and “You shall not…curse a ruler of your people.”—Exodus 22:28.

Shanah Tocah
Lashon Hara (Evil Tongue)

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