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Section: Daily Reminder   Category: Zechiras Miriam
Parshas Bireishis: Beware Of The Friendly Neighborhood Snake

The snake was the first ever Ba'al Lashon Hara.  He told Chava that Hashem won't let her eat from the Eitz HaDa'as because then she will be able to create worlds just like Hashem himself.

Chazal compare a Ba'al Lashon Hara to a snake.  People who peddle gossip are very popular, as they attract large crowds to listen to their nonsense.  However at the end of the day they are despised like the snake.  Everybody is afraid of them, lest they become his next topic of conversation.

But you can't have it both ways.  We run from the snake, scared that he will poison us.  You should also run from the Ba'al Lashon Hara and not hang around enjoying his tales.  It looks like fun but but it is all poison.  Besides you never know when he will bite you.

"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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