Section: Daily Reminder   Category: Zechiras Miriam
The Problem Is Not The Tongue!

The Medrash Tanchuma says that Hashem screams at those who speak Lashon Hara, "Mi Yakum Li Im Mirei'im", Who will rise up for me against the evil doers? (Tehilim 94:16). 

We see from the Medrash that Hashem, while of course He is concerned with the evil speech, still He is more consumed by the evil of the person who speaks Lashon Hara.  Lashon Hara comes from the moral turpitude within the person speaking.  This is what Hashem addresses, and this is what we must work on cleansing from deep within ourselves. (B'Yad HaLashon pg. 143)

"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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