Loshon Hora in Jest

The fact that someone is “only joking” is not a valid excuse for speaking loshon hora.

One Purim a group of Radiner Yeshiva students performed a skit in the house of the Chofetz Chayim of sacred memory.  Among other things, they jokingly alluded to an episode that had caused a large controversy in yeshiva circles.  Immediately, the Chofetz Chayim admonished them softly, “Even on Purim one must refrain from loshon hora.  ~ Guard Your Tongue

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