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Expand Article Day 59 - Double Trouble

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 7:3-4

The Chofetz Chaim offers another reason why we should not believe loshon hora which is said in our presence.

When a person speaks loshon hora, he transgresses the ne ....


Posted 11/12/2007 12:07 AM | Tell a Friend | Shmiras Haloshon Yomi


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Expand Article Day 60 - Split Personalities

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 7:5-6

The famed R’ Yisrael Salanter once said that the “eleventh commandment” is “Don’t be a fool,” which means that the Torah obligates us to use our intelligence and life experience to nav ....


Posted 11/12/2007 12:08 AM | Tell a Friend | Shmiras Haloshon Yomi


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Expand Article Day 61 - The Trustworthy Witness

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 7:7-8

In this segment, the Chofetz Chaim begins discussing three situations where seemingly there is reason to allow the listener to accept loshon hora as fact. These situations are:

....


Posted 11/12/2007 11:22 PM | Tell a Friend | Shmiras Haloshon Yomi


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Expand Article Day 62 - Casual Remarks

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 7:9

The concept in halachah of Mesiach L’fi Tumo accords a casual remark made in conversation the status of testimony in beis din (rabbinical court). The classic case where this rule is appl ....


Posted 11/13/2007 9:26 PM | Tell a Friend | Shmiras Haloshon Yomi


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Expand Article Day 63 - Weighing the Evidence

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 7:10

In this segment, the Chofetz Chaim examines the concept of Devarim HaNikarim, recognizable signs, as it applies to the laws of loshon hora. From a Talmudic i ....


Posted 11/14/2007 11:59 PM | Tell a Friend | Shmiras Haloshon Yomi


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Expand Article Day 64 - Two Conditions

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM Laws of Loshon Hora 7:11-12

In the previous segment, the Chofetz Chaim introduced us to the concept of “Devarim Hanikarim” recognizable signs (i.e. circumstantial proof) as a basis for believing certain forms of ....


Posted 11/16/2007 12:12 AM | Tell a Friend | Shmiras Haloshon Yomi


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Expand Article Day 65 - Monetary Disputes
SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM Laws of Loshon Hora 7:13-14

If you have ever been approached by a person involved in a monetary dispute, you have probably found that in his opinion, his opponent is completely in the wrong with no justification at a ....


Posted 11/16/2007 10:43 AM | Tell a Friend | Shmiras Haloshon Yomi


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Expand Article Day 66 - Family Talk

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 8:1-2

In this section, the Chofetz Chaim focuses on the players in the sin of loshon hora: the speaker, the listener and the subject. He begins with some important ....


Posted 11/16/2007 10:44 AM | Tell a Friend | Shmiras Haloshon Yomi


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Expand Article Day 67 - Children

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 8:3-4

It is forbidden to speak derogatorily about children.1 While adults understand that “kids are kids” and their negative behavior is often excused as normal immaturity, if the info ....


Posted 11/19/2007 2:28 AM | Tell a Friend | Shmiras Haloshon Yomi


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Expand Article Day 68 - Torah Scholars

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 8:5-6

This segment begins with the Chofetz Chaim informing us of how terrible it is to speak loshon hora about a talmid chacham (Torah scholar).

Obviously, we are obligated to honor ....


Posted 11/20/2007 12:11 PM | Tell a Friend | Shmiras Haloshon Yomi


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Expand Article Day 69 - Defining the Apikoros

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 8:7

The Chofetz Chaim writes that it is permitted, and at times even a mitzvah, to speak loshon hora about an apikoros. The Chofetz Chaim defines apikoros as someo ....


Posted 11/20/2007 10:59 PM | Tell a Friend | Shmiras Haloshon Yomi


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Expand Article Day 70 - Putting Out the Fire

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 8:8-9

In this segment, the Chofetz Chaim discusses the issue of loshon hora as it relates to machlokes (dispute). Specifically, he deals with how and when to speak up regarding a controversy ....


Posted 11/22/2007 12:21 AM | Tell a Friend | Shmiras Haloshon Yomi


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Expand Article Day 71 - Between Husband and Wife

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 8:10-11

The Chofetz Chaim now turns his focus in a different direction — to whom am I forbidden to relate loshon hora? He answers, “There is no difference regarding this prohibition, whether ....


Posted 11/23/2007 10:21 AM | Tell a Friend | Shmiras Haloshon Yomi


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Expand Article Day 72 - To a Non-Jew

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 8:12

At one time or another, we hear derogatory remarks about Jews. It is tragic enough when such remarks are made by Jews to Jewish listeners. Even more tragic is ....


Posted 11/23/2007 10:35 AM | Tell a Friend | Shmiras Haloshon Yomi


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Expand Article Day 73 - Safeguarding One’s Surroundings

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM Laws of Loshon Hora 8:13-14

Our sages teach that all Jews are responsible for one another (Shevuos 39b). That responsibility has an impact on the laws of shmiras haloshon as well. The C ....


Posted 11/23/2007 10:36 AM | Tell a Friend | Shmiras Haloshon Yomi


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Expand Article Day 74 - The Perils of Praise

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 9:1-2

In this segment, the Chofetz Chaim begins addressing the subject of avak loshon hora (lit. the dust of loshon hora), statements which are not actual loshon hora but which are nonethele ....


Posted 11/25/2007 11:35 PM | Tell a Friend | Shmiras Haloshon Yomi


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Expand Article Day 75 - A Time to be Silent, A Time to Rebuke

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 9:3-4
 
In this segment, the Chofetz Chaim cites another example of praise which should be avoided. That is when someone publicizes the fact that a person has done an outstanding act of ....


Posted 11/26/2007 11:48 PM | Tell a Friend | Shmiras Haloshon Yomi


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Expand Article Day 76 - Basic Training

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 9:5-6

We have learned that a person is required to exercise his influence on members of his household so that they will avoid the sin of loshon hora. In this segment, the Chofetz Chaim expla ....


Posted 11/27/2007 9:32 PM | Tell a Friend | Shmiras Haloshon Yomi


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Expand Article Day 77 - The Seven Rules of Toeles

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM — Laws of Loshon Hora 10:1-2

Earlier in this volume, we referred to 7 conditions which must be fulfilled before one is permitted to relate loshon hora l’toeles, for a constructive purpose. These are:

1. On ....


Posted 11/28/2007 10:57 PM | Tell a Friend | Shmiras Haloshon Yomi


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Expand Article Day 78 - Impure Intentions

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM —Laws of Loshon Hora 10:3

In this halachah, we see how crucial a role one’s intentions play in determining whether our actions or statements are praiseworthy. The Chofetz Chaim informs us that derogatory informat ....


Posted 11/29/2007 10:04 PM | Tell a Friend | Shmiras Haloshon Yomi



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