Section: Daily Reminder   Category: Zechiras Miriam
Sincere and Humble Beginnings

A revolution does not start with a great idea.  To change the world takes Siyata Dishmaya, which is given to those most deserving.  The Chofetz Chaim did not just come up with a great idea.  He lived the ideal of Shmiras HaLashon.

Rav Velvel Edelman said that he heard firsthand from the Chofetz Chaim, that one day he was standing among a group of people who were speaking Lashon Hara.  He started running as fast he can until he collapsed from exhaustion.  When he got up he decided to write the Sefer Chofetz Chaim.

“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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