Category Archives: Shmiras Haloshon

I agree. (Oy!)

If the person listening to lashon hara explicitly agrees to what was said, he is considered to have both heard and spoken lashon hara and his transgression is twofold. ~ Chafetz Chaim

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2 Pieces of Paper – Make a Choice

R’ Gavriel Friedman suggests that before you speak loshon hara about someone, first write down everything you want to say including all the juicy contents.  When you are done, then take out another piece of paper and write the words … Continue reading

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Two Walls

Chazal observe that Hashem placed the tongue behind two walls, the teeth and the lips, so that one refrain from inappropriate speech.

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It’s a trap!

Many people fall into the trap and tell their wives all that has happened in their relationships with others. Aside from the prohibition of lashon hara, doing so foments much strife.  Therefore, one who is careful about his soul, should … Continue reading

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Delay

Delay your speech if you want your words to be straight and free of deceit as a master archer is slow to take aim when splitting a grain of wheat. ~ Shmuel HaNaggid (993-1056).

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Far Worse

Telling lashon hara about a Jew to someone that is not Jewish is an even graver sin.

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Train Yourself

A person should train himself to serenely accept whatever happens to him.  As our Sages say: “Train yourself to accept suffering and forgive insult” (Avos d’Rabbi Nasan).  Thereby, he will find it much easier to guard his tongue. ~ Chofetz … Continue reading

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