Section: Daily Reminder   Category: Zechiras Miriam
The Alter of Slabodka Ė Donít Complain About The Weather In Eretz Yisroel

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.

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