Kinaas Ha’emes


You are forbidden to say that a person did something improper, even if you are motivated by kinaas ha’emes – that is, you are agitated about the transgression and insistent that the truth be known.  Although your words might be meant l’shaim shomayim and are without malice, they still constitute loshon hora.  You are allowed to relate details of an improper action only if your intention is constructive. ~ Guard Your Tongue

For example, you cannot express your annoyance to someone that someone else is not careful with kashrus.  However, if his sole intention is to inform him of this so that he doesn’t eat at this person’s house, that would be permitted.

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2 Responses to Kinaas Ha’emes

  1. Celia weber says:

    Sometimes u need to use English to explain Hebrew terms so that your posts can b used for kiruv

    • Emuna Daily says:

      Thank you. I will make more of an effort to do so. My hesitancy is that I am quoting people and therefore don’t want to stick in an explanation mid-quote, even in brackets. Nor do I want to lose the flow of the quote. My thinking has been that anyone reading it is online, so they can easily google any words they don’t understand. But I may be wrong. I’ll make more of an effort. Thank you so much for the feedback.

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