Daily Reminder, 12th Tishrei, 5771

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Parshas Bireishis: Beware Of The Friendly Neighborhood Snake

The snake was the first ever Ba’al Lashon Hara. He told Chava that Hashem won’t let her eat from the Eitz HaDa’as because then she will be able to create worlds just like Hashem himself.

Chazal compare a Ba’al Lashon Hara to a snake. People who peddle gossip are very popular, as they attract large crowds to listen to their nonsense. However at the end of the day they are despised like the snake. Everybody is afraid of them, lest they become his next topic of conversation.

But you can’t have it both ways. We run from the snake, scared that he will poison us. You should also run from the Ba’al Lashon Hara and not hang around enjoying his tales. It looks like fun but but it is all poison. Besides you never know when he will bite you.

“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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Daily Reminder, 11th Tishrei, 5771

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Be A Nerd – Just Sit Very Still, Don’t Move Or Even Twitch

The Chofetz Chaim in his hakdama, lists 17 Lavin that you can be oveir with Lashon Hara. One of the them is Lo Sachanifu, do not flatter the sinners. By flattering and giving support to someone doing something inappropriate you become an accomplice to his crime.

When someone speaks Lashon Hara to you or before you, by agreeing with him or adding to what he said you are oveir Lo Sachanifu. Even if you only nod your head in approval you are oveir. This is especially important to remember when you are sitting with a large group. When Lashon Hara is said there is intense social pressure to chime in and show agreement with the consensus. Yet Chazal tells is that it is better to be a fool in the eyes of people (i.e., social nerd) our whole lives, rather than to be a Rasha before Hashem for even a short moment.

“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.?Listen to our Shemiras HaLashon Yomi in our audio section. Two halachos a day according to the Luach. www.revach.net/audioarchives.php

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Daily Reminder 8th Elul 5769

 

Daily Reminder – 8th Elul, 5769

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Parshas Ki Seitzei: Ramban – Know When To Be A Lamdan

Hillel teaches us one of the golden rules in interpersonal relationships. Do not do unto others what you do not wish upon yourself. Although the following argument is so ridiculous to a person of the minimum level of intelligence, nevertheless since the Yetzer Hara for lashon hara is so strong, the Chofetz Chaim (5:6) feels the need to address it.

If I am a working man and support my family, I would be more than flattered if someone said about me that I learn 3-4 hours a day. So therefore based on Hillel’s teaching I take the liberty to say about a Kollel Yungerman that he learns 3-4 hours a day. Oh, I am embarrassing him? Why I’d love if someone said that about me. Nonsense, says the Chofetz Chaim. Similarly it would be vile gossip, if I said about the wealthiest member of our community that he gave $18 to a recent appeal, feeling justified because for me this is a nice donation.

Don’t be such a Chochom! Diracheha Darchei Noam. The torah’s words and ways are sweet and beautiful. Don’t let the Yetzer Hara talk nonsense into your head. If he wants to be such a lamdan tell him to stop enticing you to waste your time and let you open a gemara where your lamdus is appreciated.

“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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Daily Reminder 5th Elul 5769

 

Daily Reminder – 5th Elul, 5769

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Parshas Ki Seitzei: Ramban – Miriam’s Shame Is Recorded

The Ramban at the end of Parshas Ki Seitzei writes (25:18) regarding the mitzva of Zechiras Miriam, you must tell the story of Miriam to your children and it should be passed down from generation to generation. Why would it be a mitzva to embarrass Miriam for all generations? The Ramban says that in Miriam’s honor the Torah should have hid this incident, however since this is such a widespread evil, it is worthwhile to publicize the incident in order that the severity of it be known to all.

Since every mother does not want to see her children make the same mistake as her, maybe this is the greatest zechus for Miriam that the memory of her name will prevent aveiros for all future generations. Yehi Zichra Baruch.

“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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Daily Reminder 3rd Elul 5769

 

Daily Reminder – 3rd Elul, 5769

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Hit Delete And Poof It’s Gone

If you speak Lashon Hara, you have let the cat out of the bag and you cannot know how far it will spread. Putting it back in, is not so easy. Given people’s enthusiasm to believe it and pass it on, it is usually not even possible.

Being Mikabel Lashon Hara on the other hand, does have an easier fix. Although listening to Lashon Hara is an aveira if done willingly, the aveira of Kabalas Lashon Hara is only if you believe it (See Chofetz Chaim, Hilchos Lashon Hara – Klal 6). Therefore, says the Chofetz Chaim, if you were Mikabel Lashon Hara and you regret your aveira, you should decide in your heart that it is not true and reject this story from your mind. That will reverse the bad deed that you have done.

“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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Daily Reminder 1st Elul 5769

 

Daily Reminder – 1st Elul, 5769

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Chofetz Chaim: Avoid The Post Seudah Shlishis Shmooze

The Chofetz Chaim says (Shaar HaZechira 13), “How good and proper is it to act in the manner I heard. A wise man once advised his friend, “In the summer months do not stand outside Shul after Seudah Shlishis to Shmooze. Two people will turn into three and then four, five, and six until at the end there will be a large gathering. Each one will speak about his business dealings the previous week. It is impossible that this won’t result in Lashon Hara and Leitzanus. All this happened because of the first person. Therefore a wise man should open up his mind’s eye.”

“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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Daily Reminder 30th Av 5769

 

Daily Reminder – 30th Av, 5769

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Stop Loshon Hora
Stop Loshon Hora

The Crazy Talking About The Crazy

It is illogical to believe a person who tells you that someone else did something bad. That the second person did something bad, may or may not be true. But the person telling you about it is certainly doing an Aveira, since he is speaking Lashon Hara. Would you believe a crazy person who tells you that someone else is crazy?

“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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