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If you look at the lives of many of the great tzaddikim, they all excelled in the trait of Ahavas Yisroel.  They genuinely loved every Jew.  I always wondered how that is possible.  After all, I, who am not a great Jew, have a hard time swallowing the wrongdoings of people around me.  How much more so these great tzaddikim who you would expect to become enraged when seeing evil all around them.  There are many obvious and logical answers given by Chazal, but for some reason we can't manage to transfer these ideas from our mind to our heart, to put into practical use.

In a letter, Rav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz (Imrei Da'as vol. 2, Byad HaLashon pg. 366) writes that if we stop speaking Lashon HaRa, Ahavas HaBriyos can finally make its way home, to our heart.  Then we can finally fulfill the great mitzva of V'Ahavta L'Reiacha Kamocha to every single Jew with a full heart, just like the great tzaddikim.

"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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Tue, 28 Jun 2011 03:00:00 -0700
Be A Nerd - Just Sit Very Still, Don't Move Or Even Twitch http://revach.net/article.php?id=4118 http://revach.net/article.php?id=4118

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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Thu, 15 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Parshas Bireishis: Beware Of The Friendly Neighborhood Snake http://revach.net/article.php?id=2882 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2882

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.

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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Wed, 14 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Bireishis All Over Again http://revach.net/article.php?id=4109 http://revach.net/article.php?id=4109

The world was complete and everything was so very good and so perfect.  It didn't take long until the first aveira, Lashon Hara.  The snake told Chava Lashon Hara that Hashem doesn't want her to eat from the tree because that is the source of Hashem's power to create the world.  This Lashon Hara led to the destruction of the world as Adam knew it and we are still paying the price.

We have just gone through Yamim Nora'im and Succos and the world seems so perfect.  We are still relatively clean from aveiros.  We are going to read parshas Bireishis and start from the beginning.  Don't let the first opportunity for Lashon Hara to destroy everything.

"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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Mon, 12 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Hold On Tight To The Feeling Of Kol Nidrei Night http://revach.net/article.php?id=2841 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2841

If you steal from someone, in order for Yom Kippur to be Michaper you must pay him back.  Lashon Hara is trickier for a few reasons.  First of all, do you really want to face your friend (or not such good friend) and tell him that you spoke Lashon Hara about him.  That is very painful! 

Secondly, when you steal from someone you may remember.  Can you possibly remember all the Lashon Hara you spoke this year and who you spoke about.  Sadly, probably not.  Do your best and pray for the best.  Next year before speaking try to remember the anguish and helplessness you will feel standing in Shul this Kol Nidrei night. 

"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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Sun, 27 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Looking For People? Hashem Has Connections! http://revach.net/article.php?id=2852 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2852

In his classic Sefer the Seder HaYom, Rav Moshe ben Yehuda Machir who lived in the golden age of Tzfas writes that there was a minhag to ask your friend Mechila after Yom Kippur is over.  The reason is that you are not completely forgiven on Yom Kippur for aveiros between you and your fellow man unless your friend has forgiven you.  Therefore now that you have done your tshuva for upsetting Hashem by harming your friend, you need to complete it by getting your friend's forgiveness as well.

Lashon Hara is very hard to track down.  Daven that Hashem puts it in the heart of your friend to be Mochel you without your asking.  If you really stop speaking Lashon Hara, Hashem can do that for you.  He knows a lot of people!

"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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Thu, 24 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Yom Kippur: Numbers That Will Blow Your Mind! http://revach.net/article.php?id=2847 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2847

The Chofetz Chaim (Shmiras HaLashon 2:6) makes a simple calculation.  If you speak only 4-5 words of Lashon Hara each day, that will total around 30 words each week.  Multiply that by 50 weeks and you have 1,500 words.  Each word is an aveira by itself.  This figure, says the Chofetz Chaim, is only counting 1 aveira for each word when in truth, as discussed in the sefer, there are many Lavin and Aseh that you are oveir each time you speak Lashon Hara, (and five words is quite meager). 

In any event, at this pace a person will stand in the courtroom in Bais Din Shel Ma'ala after his death, with approximately 80,000 prosecuting angels angrily demanding his punishment!

"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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Wed, 23 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Did You Make Your Annual Resolution To Stop Speaking Lashon Hara? http://revach.net/article.php?id=2829 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2829

Thanks to the Chofetz Chaim and all the great people who walk in his path, we are all very aware that Lashon Hara is one of our greatest crimes.  Every year we resolve that this is the year we will stop it already.  How long does it last?  Hours? Days? Weeks?  The whole year?  Do we get cynical about realistically being able to beat the habit at some point?

The Chofetz Chaim (Shaar HaTvuna 15) says, "No! You can do it."  There are many bitter things in the world that with enough cooking and preparing, can be made sweet.  True the Yetzer Hara is a formidable enemy but Hashem gives each and every one of us the ability to conquer him and turn him into a puppy dog.  "Aleh V'Hatzliach", go climb the mountain and you will be successful!

"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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Tue, 22 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Gedalia Is Taken To Task But We Still Fast http://revach.net/article.php?id=4084 http://revach.net/article.php?id=4084 Gedalia ben Achikam is taken to task for being overzealous and halachicly incorrect for refusing to listen to the people who tried to warn him that Yishmael ben Natanya wanted to kill him. By wrongly not listening to Lashon Hara he caused his own downfall.

Here is a thought. Despite that he acted wrongly his death is still a fast day. Are there are any people who spoke Lashon Hara when they were not supposed to that we hold a fast for and mourn the day of their death? True a tzaddik is held accountable for even a small wrongdoing but the lesson of the day for us is not that we must be more lenient in listening to Lashon Hara. This seems quite sure.

 

"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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Mon, 21 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Don't Get Caught In The Cemetery! http://revach.net/article.php?id=3029 http://revach.net/article.php?id=3029 The Shulchan Aruch (OC 606:3) says that there is a Cheirem to speak evil about someone who has already died.  The Rema (CM 620:38) says that if you do so, you need to fast and give tzedaka.  If the person's kever is close by, then you need to go and ask them Mechila.  If the kever is far away you may send a Shaliach.

"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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Thu, 10 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Rav Elya Lopian Chooses Bombs Over Bombshells http://revach.net/article.php?id=2965 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2965

Lashon Hara is a very dangerous matter for those "in the know".  Rav Elya Lopian was such a person.  During the war years he was once hiding in a shelter because of the artillery bombardment raining down mortar shells on the city.  Deep in thought, his concentration was suddenly disturbed by another person who was frantically telling him that the people were speaking Lashon Hara.  Rav Elya said in that case we better run away from here immediately.

This story as retold in B'Yad HaLashon (pg 235 in the name of the Sam HaChaim) does not end there, and you can probably guess the ending.  However for our purposes we do not need to continue. 

Whether Rav Elya was afraid to stay because of the spiritual danger or the physical danger caused by speaking Lashon Hara, is not our issue.  What this story clearly teaches us is that Lashon Hara to Rav Elya Lopian is a real tangible danger.  It is cause enough to run out of a relatively safe haven to the streets where bombs are exploding all around.  

"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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Wed, 09 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0700
The Epitome Of "Cool" http://revach.net/article.php?id=3083 http://revach.net/article.php?id=3083

Some of us are obsessed with being "cool".  It is the ultimate title conferred on someone in their lifetime.  More often than not we do all the wrong things to try to earn that title.  Here's something that you can do that will make you one of the coolest people on the planet. 

There has always been a mystique attributed to secrecy and privacy.  This is a trait of some really cool people.  Think about how cool you would be if no one would ever know what you thought about another person.  How cool would it be for people to always guess what you thought about last night's speech, chasuna, etc., and never really know because you never gave away your opinion in words or even by facial expressions.

I think you'd get lots of votes for the coolest person around, and more importantly, Hashem's as well.  What's really great is that although titles don't go with you to the grave, after 120 you'd continue to be "cool".  That's important because it can get really hot up there!

"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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Tue, 08 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Not Too Quiet, Not Too Loud, And Nothing In The Middle http://revach.net/article.php?id=2999 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2999 What happens if you tell someone Lashon Hara and swears him to secrecy?  The Torah says (Devarim 27:24) you are cursed, "Arur Makeh Rei'aihu B'Seser" - cursed is he who smites his friend, secretly.  So much for low key.

What about if you say it in front of him, is that better?  True, the curse does not apply, however in that case aside from the fact that you've told Lashon Hara, you are also treading on arrogance and audacity.  You are also creating friction among people.  Lastly, you may also lose your Olam Haba if you make him turn white of embarrassment.

Half quietly, half in front of him?  I doubt it.  There is no way around this, give it up!

"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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Mon, 07 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0700
How To Improve Your Acoustics Without Voice Lessons http://revach.net/article.php?id=2973 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2973 The Mishna Brura is a Sefer that stands in its own league.  It is a sefer on Halacha that has merited in a relatively very short time to be accepted by all of Klal Yisroel without exception.  Moreover, his words are treated like a Rishon, like Rashi or the Rambam where every word is pored over and analyzed.

Rav Yitzchok Kaminetzky says that this is a reward Midah Kineged Midah, for the tzaddik who woke up the world and reminded them that each and every word that comes out of our mouth packs incredible power, both for good and bad.  When our words become more important to us, then they will become more important to Hashem as well and be held up for distinction by our peers and even our own family.  Wouldn't that be nice?

"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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Thu, 03 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0700
The Chofetz Chaim's Lists & Conditions http://revach.net/article.php?id=4047 http://revach.net/article.php?id=4047

All throughout Sefer Shmiras HaLashon Hilchos Lashon Hara the Chofetz Chaim gives different lists.  If you look at those lists, they are almost all of the same nature.  Sometimes it is permissible to speak Lashon Hara and even obligatory.  Even then it is not so simple and you must fulfill various requirements before undertaking this dangerous task.  If you are going to speak Lashon Hara make sure you are familiar with all these requirements and have these lists handy at all times so that you don't make any fatal mistakes.  Good luck!

"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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Wed, 02 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0700
The Problem Is Not The Tongue! http://revach.net/article.php?id=2910 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2910

The Medrash Tanchuma says that Hashem screams at those who speak Lashon Hara, "Mi Yakum Li Im Mirei'im", Who will rise up for me against the evil doers? (Tehilim 94:16). 

We see from the Medrash that Hashem, while of course He is concerned with the evil speech, still He is more consumed by the evil of the person who speaks Lashon Hara.  Lashon Hara comes from the moral turpitude within the person speaking.  This is what Hashem addresses, and this is what we must work on cleansing from deep within ourselves. (B'Yad HaLashon pg. 143)

"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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Tue, 01 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Parshas Ki Seitzei: Words Cost More Than Actions http://revach.net/article.php?id=2761 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2761

The pasuk says in Ki Seitzei (22:19) that if a man spreads untruthful stories about his new bride, it will cost him a 400 zuz penalty.  However says the pasuk (22:29), if a man forces a single girl to have relations with him, he pays only 200 zuz.  The Medrash HaGadol says that we see from here that the Torah is stricter with words than with actions. 

Similarly we find that if someone curses his parents he receives the death penalty of Skela, stoning, which is considered the most severe punishment.  However if he physically strikes his parents he is put to death by Chenek, strangulation, which is considered less severe.

"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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Thu, 27 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Parshas Ki Seitzei: In The Best Of Times http://revach.net/article.php?id=2751 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2751

The pasuk (Devarim 24:9) makes a point of saying that Miriam was punished for her words about Moshe "when Bnei Yisroel was on the road after leaving Mitzrayim".  Why is this detail important enough to be mentioned when it is obvious? 

The Chofetz Chaim answers (Zachor L'Miriam, Peischa) that the pasuk is coming to tell us that we should not think that Miriam was punished severely for such a seemingly trivial and unintentional remark because Hashem was angry with Klal Yisroel at the time.  On the contrary, things were never better.  It happened in the Midbar which was a time of happiness and dveykus in Hashem.  The Shechinah rested on Klal Yisroel and protected them.  Even in this beautiful backdrop, Hashem didn't care about rocking the boat and He didn't overlook even a slight transgression from the greatest Tzadeikes when it involved Lashon Hara.

"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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Wed, 26 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Know When To Be A Lamdan http://revach.net/article.php?id=4029 http://revach.net/article.php?id=4029 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.
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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Tue, 25 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Parshas Ki Seitzei: Ramban - Miriam's Shame Is Recorded http://revach.net/article.php?id=2744 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2744

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.

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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Mon, 24 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Chofetz Chaim: Avoid The Post Seudah Shlishis Shmooze http://revach.net/article.php?id=2793 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2793

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.


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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Thu, 20 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0700
The Crazy Talking About The Crazy http://revach.net/article.php?id=2796 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2796

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.

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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Wed, 19 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Parshas Shoftim: Your Own Private Bodyguards http://revach.net/article.php?id=4012 http://revach.net/article.php?id=4012 "Shoftim V'Shotrim Titen Licha B'Chol Shi'arecha", appoint judges and police in all your gates.  The Baalei Mussar tell us that this refers to the gates of a person that are exposed to aveira.  You need a judge and policeman sitting right near your mouth to help determine what goes in and what goes out.  You need it also by your eyes to let you know what you can look at and what sites should make you avert your gaze. The policemen are your eyelids and your lips.  Know when to close them and know when to open them.

"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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Tue, 18 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman Finds The Answer To The Riddle http://revach.net/article.php?id=4009 http://revach.net/article.php?id=4009 The Magid Rav Shlomo Levenstein whose uncle lives next door to Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman said that he heard that Rav Aharon Leib said that he spends countless hours receiving and speaking to visitors of all kinds from across the Jewish spectrum.  Each and everyone of them are wonderful people, Kulam Ahuvim Kulam Berurim Kulam GIborim Kulam Kedoshim.  So why does Klal Yisroel suffer so much if we are a beautiful mosaic made up of such wonderful people, asks Rav Aharon Leib?  Because V'Chulam Posochim Es Pihem", we all open up our big mouths and have what to say about one another!

"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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Mon, 17 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Waiting Quietly For Moshiach http://revach.net/article.php?id=2592 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2592

The Chofetz Chaim (Meir Einei Yisroel) says that someone who speaks Lashon Hara obviously does not hope and wait for Moshiach to come.  The main thing holding back the Geula is Lashon Hara.  By speaking you are causing his arrival to be delayed and is a direct contradiction to waiting for his arrival.  (B’Yad HaLashon 259)

“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.

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Thu, 13 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Suffering For No Gain http://revach.net/article.php?id=2591 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2591

Sometimes a Gezeira is placed on Am Yisroel by the Goyim that clearly yield them no benefit.  The Nachlas Dovid (Drush 10) says that this is obviously a punishment for our speaking Lashon Hara.

One who speaks Lashon Hara is compared to a snake who eats but doesn’t benefit, since speaking Lashon Hara does not provide any benefit to the speaker.  We are punished Mida K’Neged Mida by enduring harsh gezeiros that don’t even provide any benefit our oppressors. (B’Yad HaLashon 302)

“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.

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Wed, 12 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Do'eg HaAdomi - Rosh Sanhedrin And Great Torah Leader Speaks Lashon Hara http://revach.net/article.php?id=2756 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2756

Do'eg HaAdomi was from the greatest Torah giants of his generation.  He was the Rosh Sanhedrin.  He lost his Olam Haba and his name is synonymous with Lashon Hara.  Dovid HaMelech, of the victims of his evil tongue, makes negative mention of his deadly foe numerous times in Tehilim.

The Chofetz Chaim in Be'er Mayim Chaim (1:7) says that Do'eg did not turn to Lashon Hara because he was evil.  Shaul HaMelech, the mighty King of Am Yisroel, forced him to speak Lashon Hara.  A Mored B'Malchus can be killed without judgement and Do'eg was scared.  Keep in mind that Shaul HaMelech was a great tzaddik, head and shoulders above anyone in his generation.  You could imagine Do'eg's predicament.  It is quite difficult to explain to the King, who happens to be a great tzaddik, the Halachos of Lashon Hara.  So he didn't, and the rest is history.  Don't let yourself become part of this kind of history!

"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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Tue, 11 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Off The Hook? Not So Fast... http://revach.net/article.php?id=2570 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2570

We all know that Tshuva does not help for Lashon Hara unless the person you spoke about forgives you.  We should keep in mind that once he forgives you, you are not absolved.  You still need a Kapara from Hashem for being violating an aveira ...and not just any aveira.

Lashon Hara is Kineged the three stringent aveiros of murder, illicit relationships, and avodah zara.  If someone murdered someone and wanted to sincerely do tshuva, he would definitely without a doubt spend a lifetime trying to repent and never live it down.  If you speak Lashon Hara it seems you must feel the same way.  I never met anyone like that, nor do I personally feel that immense burden.  Maybe I am just hanging around with the wrong crowd??

"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.

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Sun, 09 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Table Talk http://revach.net/article.php?id=2921 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2921

The old saying goes, "Intelligent people discuss ideas, average people discuss things, simple people discuss other people."

"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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Thu, 06 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0700
The Tefila On The Tefila http://revach.net/article.php?id=2533 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2533

We stand before the King of all Kings in a private audience during Shemoneh Esrei.  It is going really well and we leave Hashem with a long list of things we want including the most beautiful of all Brachos, the bracha of Shalom.  We finish the audience and we realize that Hashem would love to fulfill all of our requests.

The problem is that it is also up to us not to contradict what we claim are our foremost desires.  Lashon Hara is not exactly something that is spoken by a person who truly desires to lead a peaceful and harmonious life with those around him.

Mar Bar Ravina understood this.  He therefore composed a Tefila (see Brachos 17a) to say immediately after we finish saying the Bracha of Shalom.  “Elokai Netzor Lishoni Meira….”.  Hashem guard my tongue from evil and my lips from deceit.  To those who curse me, let me remain silent…

No doubt that one who says this with great Kavana will have his wishes for peace fulfilled!

“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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Wed, 05 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0700
He's Not A Big Learner http://revach.net/article.php?id=2554 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2554

The Chofetz Chaim (4:2) says you may not say that a person does an aveira or does not do a specific mitzva even if most people are also not very careful about this mitzva.

He gives a classic example of saying that someone "is not a big learner".  Even though there are many people that "are not big learners", nevertheless learning Torah is a mitzva.  Saying that a person is not very zealous in his observance of this mitzva, no matter what the public perception is, is not flattering and is considered Lashon Hara.  This applies for many similar mitzvos that fall into this same category.

"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.

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Tue, 04 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0700
If You Have Something Intelligent To Say... http://revach.net/article.php?id=3971 http://revach.net/article.php?id=3971

In the Mishna in Pirkei Avos (1:17) Rav Shimon be Gamliel says that his whole life he grew up among Chachomim and he never found anything better for his body than silence.

The Yeina Shel Torah brings from the Ohel Yaakov that one would think that silence is good for fools to keep their nonsense to themselves, but not for wise people.  Rav Shimon ben Gamliel tells us that even the wise are well served by silence.

“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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Mon, 03 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Tools To Create Beautiful Worlds http://revach.net/article.php?id=2674 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2674

A Jew’s mouth is a powerful tool.  With it says the Chofetz Chaim (Shaar HaZechira 10) you can build worlds.  The pasuk says in Yeshaya “”VaAsim Devarai BiFicha… Linto’a Shamayim ViLisod Aretz”, Hashem says, I put my words in your mouth… to spread heavens and found lands.

 This power of the mouth, says the Chofetz Chaim, is to be taken very literally.  The mouth is a tool that has vast powers way beyond the most powerful tools that anyone in this world can comprehend.  By speaking evil you damage this incredible tool.  If through words of kindness and torah you create worlds but they are created with a worn out and broken tool, the results will be obvious.  You can’t see these worlds now, but you will one day.  Keep building and make sure that your tools remain in good shape, so that you won’t be disappointed later.

“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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Sun, 02 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0700
No One Is Perfect... So What? http://revach.net/article.php?id=2810 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2810

No one is perfect and even the best people may have certain weaknesses.  This is acceptable to us all.  Because of this, when speaking about others, we tend to innocently point out a certain middah or trait that is not someone else's strong point.  We don't consider this Lashon Hara since we mean no evil and even hold that person is high esteem.  We don't think this weakness detracts from his overall personality.

The Chofetz Chaim in Klal 5 goes through great lengths to explain that speaking about your friend's weaknesses is Lashon Hara.  Just like we have weaknesses that we accept but prefer not to brag about and certainly aren't interested in others discussing, so too you should not mention other people's weakness no matter how benign.

"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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Fri, 31 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Guarding The Keilim of The Bais HaMikdash http://revach.net/article.php?id=2499 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2499

The Ohr HaChaim HaKadosh in Parshas Pinchos brings from the Alshich HaKadosh that the mouth of person is like a Kli Shareis of the Bais HaMikdash because the greatest Kedusha is Kedushas HaTorah. Therefore your mouth, just like the Keilim of the Bais HaMikdash may not be used even for mundane matters and certainly not for Devarim Assurim.

“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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Wed, 29 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Last Chance To Save Yerushalayim http://revach.net/article.php?id=2550 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2550

Chazal say (Bava Metzia 30b) that Yerushalayim was destroyed because they upheld the law of the Torah.  The gemara explains this shocking statement by saying that it means that they followed the law exactly as prescribed and did not look beyond the strict judgment to find a settlement amicable to both sides.

The Chofetz Chaim (Shaar HaZechira 2) asks that Chazal enumerated several aveiros that Klal Yisroel did that caused the Churban.  That is inconsistent with this gemara.  He answers that, indeed because of those aveiros the Churban was warranted.  However that was the strict Din.  Hashem can act Lifnim Mishuras HaDin, with tolerance beyond what the strict din calls for.  However this is only if the people act Lifnim Mishuras HaDin as well.  Since they didn't do so and instead dispensed judgment without any mercy, Hashem had no choice but bring upon them the full force of judgment.

If you are Mivater and look past your "rights" and show mercy to someone who offends you in any way, Bais Din Shel Ma'ala will do the same for you.  Unless you are Tzaddik Gamur, it sounds like a very good deal!

 "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.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Me'iri: The Flimsy Tongue http://revach.net/article.php?id=2710 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2710 The Me'iri says in Mishlei (25:15) that although the tongue is flimsy and does not even have any bones in it, yet it can inflict tremendous damage.  

"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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Mon, 27 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Personal Destruction Of The Kodesh Kadashim http://revach.net/article.php?id=2607 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2607 By a Korban Mitzora, which is a punishment for talking Lashon Hara, the Kohen dips his finger in oil and sprinkles it seven time “Lifnei Hashem” (VaYikra 14:16).  The Toras Kohanim says that this means towards the Kodesh HaKadashim.  The Chofetz Chaim says (Shmiras HaLashon 2:5) that there is a spiritual Bais HaMikdash in Shamayim.  Each aveira we do causes damage to a certain part of that Bais HaMikdash.  In order to repair that damage a person must perform their Kapara in the corresponding part of the Bais HaMikdash on earth.

We see from the sprinkling of the oil of the Mitzora towards the Kodesh HaKadashim that the damage caused by speaking Lashon Hara penetrates to the heart of all Kedusha, the Kodesh HaKadashim itself.  Titus stabbed the curtain separating the Kodesh from the Kodesh HaKadashim.  Our Lashon Hara is taking the dagger and destroying the Makon HaAron itself.

“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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Thu, 23 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Looking For A Good Shidduch? http://revach.net/article.php?id=2723 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2723

Eliezer the Eved of Avrohom, dreamed that his daughter would marry Yitzchok.  Eliezer was no slouch, as he was the top talmid of Avrohom Avinu.  He was called Damesek Eliezer because he drew the Torah from the wellsprings of Avrohom and gave others to drink.  Nevertheless when he approached his master Avrohom with his shidduch proposal, Avrohom said that it would be impossible!  Eliezer came from Cham who is "Arur" and Avrohom came from Shem who is "Baruch".  An Arur can never make a shidduch with a Baruch.

"Arur Makei Rei'eihu B'seser."  The Torah curses someone who speaks Lashon Hara not only with the above curse but another two more curses apply to him.  If you are looking for a shidduch and you are an Arur, don't expect to find a Baruch.  Your grandfather Avrohom said that it just can't happen.    

"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 ChofetzChaim, 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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Wed, 22 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Parshas Devarim: Vilna Gaon - This Is Everybody's Problem http://revach.net/article.php?id=2586 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2586

Parshas Devarim begins "Eileh HaDvarim Asher Diber Moshe El Kol Yisroel".  Moshe is giving Mussar to Klal Yisroel before his final day.  The Vilna Gaon says the word Eileh spelled Aleph, Lamed, Hey, is an acronym for "Avak Lashon Hara".

The Gemara Bava Basra (165a) says that many people fall into Gezel, some into Arayos, and everyone is guilty of Avak Lashon Hara.  Moshe gave Mussar for "Eileh", Avak Lashon Hara.  To who?  "El Kol Yisroel" to every single Jew since we all are Nichshol. (HaMaor HaGadol b'shem Tiferes Yosef)

"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.

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Tue, 21 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0700
No Money & No Pride http://revach.net/article.php?id=3938 http://revach.net/article.php?id=3938 While to perform a Mitzvas Aseh you need not spend all your money, in order to avoid doing an aveira you must forfeit all your wealth.  This means that if by defying your boss and refusing to speak Lashon Hara you will lose your job and thus your livelihood, then so be it.  The Chofetz Chaim brings in the Be'er Mayim Chaim (1:10) that this applies even to a Lo Saaseh D'Rabanan!

Certainly, says the Chofetz Chaim, you may must not speak Lashon Hara, when your livelihood is not at stake, only your pride and honor by sitting like a dope rather than participating in a conversation involving Lashon Hara.  The reward that comes with so much much inner pain and discipline is unimaginable!  It is far greater than the reward for a mitzva that comes without such great sacrifice no matter how great the deed.

"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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Mon, 20 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Rav Elchonon Wasserman Goes Digging For Lashon Hara http://revach.net/article.php?id=3255 http://revach.net/article.php?id=3255 Rashi writes(Beitza 33a), "I heard from Rav Shmuel, who is called Chasid", thepious one.  Rav Elchonon Wasserman asks why didn't Rashi, who is knownnot to write extra words, just say Rav Shmuel Chasid?  Rav Elchononanswers that giving someone a title he doesn't deserve is also LashonHara, because it can ultimately cause him harm. 

From here wesee the severity of Lashon Hara and how the gedolim went to greatlengths to define and determine any speech that contains the slightesttrace of Lashon Hara.  Halevai us small people should stay away from blatant Lashon Hara.

"Zachor Eis Asher Asa Hashem L'Miriam BaDerech B'Tzaischem MiMitzrayim"

The Ramban and other Rishonim count, among the Mitzvos Aseh MinHaTorah, the mitzva of remembering and saying with your mouth each daywhat Hashem did to Miriam when she spoke about her brother Moshe.  TheChofetz Chaim in Shaar Tvunah Perek 12 says that being Mikayem thismitzva can save you from the aveira of Lashon Hara.  More than justsaying the pasuk, says the Chofetz Chaim, one must think about theincident in order for it to have its intended effect.
Listen to our Shemiras HaLashon Yomi in our audio section.  Twohalachos a day according to the Luach. www.revach.net/audioarchives.php

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Fri, 03 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Door Number Two Please http://revach.net/article.php?id=3897 http://revach.net/article.php?id=3897

When someone tells you Lashon Hara you stand before a crossroad.  There are lots of things you should think about.  If you let him continue you will have the aveira of Lashon Hara.  You will also be oveir Lifnei Iveir by giving him the outlet to be oveir his aveira of speaking.  You will also not fulfill your obligation of Hochiach Tochiach of rebuking him from doing an aveira.  All you need to do is say "stop" and suddenly you slam shut the gates of Gehinom and open up the road to eternal paradise.  The choice is yours.  What can he already want to tell you that could be so exciting that it would make this anything other than a no brainer?

“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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Thu, 02 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0700
http://revach.net/article.php?id=2561 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2561 The Mishna in Pirkei Avos (1:17) says that Rebbi Shimon Ben Gamliel said that his whole life he grew up among wise men and never found something better for his “Guf” then silence.

If he lived among Chachomim, why was he picking up health tips?  Shouldn’t he have said I found nothing better for the “mind”?  The MiShel HaAvos says that Klausenberger Rebbe answers that not speaking about things other than torah is therapeutic for the body, which then acts as a fountain of strength for the mind.  Even if someone is not naturally smart the purified body then clears and sharpens the mind.
 
“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.

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Wed, 01 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0700
http://revach.net/article.php?id=2396 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2396

“Talmud Torah K’neged Kulam” the Mitzva of learning is as great as all the others.  Lashon Hara on the other hand is Kneged the three most severe aveiros.   The pasuk says (19:14) “Zos HaTorah, Adam Ki Yamus BaOhel”; a person can achieve greatness in Torah only if he kills himself over it.   The next pasuk says “V’Chol Kli Pasu’ach Asher Ein Tzamid Pasil Alav Tamei Hu”; any vessel that is opened and its lid is not sealed tightly, is impure.

Maybe we can suggest that these two pasukim are related as follows.  A person can make himself into a vessel full of torah.  However if his “lid” is not sealed tightly and he speaks things that he should not, “tamei hu” he is impure.  One can give their life and every ounce of strength for Torah which is the Holiest of all Mitzvos.  However an open mouth will designate you as Tamei.

“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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Tue, 30 Jun 2009 03:00:00 -0700
40 Days To Rectify The Aveira Of Meraglim http://revach.net/article.php?id=2425 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2425

On 29th of Sivan the Meraglim left for Eretz Yisroel changing the course of Jewish History forever.  This was right after Miriam came back to the camp, after herself suffering with tzoraas for speaking about her brother Moshe Rabbeinu.  Yet the Meraglim didn’t learn their lesson.  These 40 days culminated on Tisha B’Av, which became a day of tragedy for all generations.

Today Am Yisroel is in danger all over the world.  The Gemara in Shabbos (33a) says, "Because of Nivul Peh there are many troubles and bad decrees are enacted.  Young men die and orphans and widows cries go unanswered."  Rav Chaim Kanievsky has said that Nivul Peh includes rechilus, loshon hora, and cursing others. 

Chazal tell us that Tisha B’Av will one day become a great Yom Tov.  When?  When we make it happen. We can be Misaken the chait of the Meraglim by refraining from speaking Lashon Hara during the period of their disastrous mission which goes from now until Tisha B'Av. Maybe this year we will celebrate a joyous Tisha B’Av. It’s all up to us! 

“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.

Take advantage of this great opportunity and sign up to our daily email reminder on www.revach.net .  Revach.net is the place for Bnei Torah on the web, with Tshuvos, Daf Yomi, Parshas HaShavua, Tehilim, Taryga Mitzvos and much more.

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Mon, 22 Jun 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Poisonous Snakes http://revach.net/article.php?id=2509 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2509

Someone who speaks Lashon Hara is compared to a snake.  The gemara in Ta’anis (8a) tells us, in the future all the animals will gather around the snake and ask him, “The lion pounces his prey to eat and sustains himself, the wolf tears his enemies and nourishes himself.  Why does the poisonous snake kill his enemy? 

We can ask the same question when we poison other people’s reputation with no gain to ourselves.

“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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Sun, 21 Jun 2009 03:00:00 -0700
http://revach.net/article.php?id=2359 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2359

Rebbi Ami and Rebbi Asi lived in Eretz Yisroel.  When they gave their Shiur in the summer they would move into the shade when the hot sun would shine on them.  In the winter they would move into the warm sun as soon as it came out (Kesubos 112).  Rashi says that they did this in order to insure that their Talmidim would not complain about Eretz Yisroel.

The Alter of Slabodka points out that every one knows the summer is hot and the winter is cold.  Why were they so concerned that no one complained?  Would this harm the image of Eretz Yisroel?   We see from here how careful one must be about Lashon Hara even about Eretz Yisroel. (MiShulchan Govoa – Parshas Shelach)

 “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.

Take advantage of this great opportunity and sign up to our daily email reminder.   Feel free to email this to your friends and family.  Who knows, it may arrive just on time to inspire you to switch topics in your conversation and make yourself a better person and the world a better place!

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Thu, 18 Jun 2009 03:00:00 -0700
The Golden Great Bridge http://revach.net/article.php?id=2836 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2836

Rav Goldwasser the Mashgiach of Yeshiva Ohr Yisroel explains why Shmiras HaLashon is tied to life and death.  In Bereishis it says that Hashem blew a neshama into the body He created and it became a "Nefesh Chaya", a live spirit.  Targum translates it to mean "Ruach MiMalila", a talking spirit. 

The bridge connecting life and death, our neshama and guf, is our words.  Through words we transform our bodies, formed from earth, into Malachei Elyon.  If a person uses his spirit to sully his body with evil and wasteful speech, it is better to blow up the bridge.  Without the bridge there is no life.

"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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Wed, 17 Jun 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Money Problems? http://revach.net/article.php?id=2653 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2653

Although there is no Tzoraas nowadays (see yesterday) the Chofetz Chaim (Shaar HaZechira 6) brings from the Sefer HaKanah that poverty is the punishment for Lashon Hara today.  It accomplishes the same objective as Tzoraas.  It humiliates a person and forces him to live alone, breaking the Ga’ava that causes Lashon Hara like Rabbeinu Yonah says in Shaarei Tshuva.

“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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Tue, 16 Jun 2009 03:00:00 -0700