Category Archives: Shmiras Haloshon

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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One Way to Ensure a Good Year

In the Viduy we ask forgiveness, “For the sin that we have sinned through evil talk.” The saintly Chafetz Chaim remarked, “With the approach of the Yomim Noraim, people resort to all kinds of expedients and practices to be inscribed … Continue reading

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Really Not Worth It

When we speak lashon hara about someone else, we take his sins upon ourselves and he takes our mitzvos. ~ Chovos Halevavos

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