Don’t Get Caught In The Cemetery!
The Shulchan Aruch (OC 606:3) says that there is a Cheirem to speak evil about someone who has already died. The Rema (CM 620:38) says that if you do so, you need to fast and give tzedaka. If the person’s kever is close by, then you need to go and ask them Mechila. If the kever is far away you may send a Shaliach.
“Zachor Eis Asher Asa Hashem L’Miriam BaDerech B’Tzaischem MiMitzrayim”
The Ramban and other Rishonim count, among the Mitzvos Aseh Min HaTorah, the mitzva of remembering and saying with your mouth each day what Hashem did to Miriam when she spoke about her brother Moshe. The Chofetz Chaim in Shaar Tvunah Perek 12 says that being Mikayem this mitzva can save you from the aveira of Lashon Hara. More than just saying the pasuk, says the Chofetz Chaim, one must think about the incident in order for it to have its intended effect.
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