Section: Daily Reminder   Category: Zechiras Miriam
Rav Yisroel Salanter - An Entire Life’s Work For One Moment

Rav Yisroel Salanter the founder of the Mussar movement said, “It is worthwhile for a person to spend his whole life learning Mussar just to help him muzzle his mouth from a single word of Lashon Hara”  (B’Yad HaLashon pg 149) 

 “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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