Section: Daily Reminder   Category: Zechiras Miriam
Parshas Ki Seitzei: In The Best Of Times

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.

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