Section: Daily Reminder   Category: Zechiras Miriam
Suffering For No Gain

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.

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