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Section: Daily Reminder   Category: Zechiras Miriam
Chofetz Chaim: Avoid The Post Seudah Shlishis Shmooze

The Chofetz Chaim says (Shaar HaZechira 13), "How good  and proper is it to act in the manner I heard.  A wise man once advised his friend, "In the summer months do not stand outside Shul after Seudah Shlishis to Shmooze.  Two people will turn into three and then four, five, and six until at the end there will be a large gathering.  Each one will speak about his business dealings the previous week.  It is impossible that this won't result in Lashon Hara and Leitzanus.  All this happened because of the first person.  Therefore a wise man should open up his mind's eye."

"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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