Section: Daily Reminder   Category: Zechiras Miriam
Hold On Tight To The Feeling Of Kol Nidrei Night

If you steal from someone, in order for Yom Kippur to be Michaper you must pay him back.  Lashon Hara is trickier for a few reasons.  First of all, do you really want to face your friend (or not such good friend) and tell him that you spoke Lashon Hara about him.  That is very painful! 

Secondly, when you steal from someone you may remember.  Can you possibly remember all the Lashon Hara you spoke this year and who you spoke about.  Sadly, probably not.  Do your best and pray for the best.  Next year before speaking try to remember the anguish and helplessness you will feel standing in Shul this Kol Nidrei night. 

"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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