Section: Daily Reminder   Category: Zechiras Miriam
A Chanuka Lesson On Lashon Hara
One particularly destructive form of Lashon Hara is when two squabbling Jewish groups turn to non-Jewish sources and spread Lashon Hara about their rival in order to gain the upper hand.  We forget that no one loves any Jews, and at the end we are all losers, as the slander is used to punish all of us.

Infighting between Tzidukim, MisYavnim, and Prushim and reports of rebellion against Antiochus in Yerushalayim  prompted his initial vicious attack, which resulted in the death of tens of thousands, and brought his heavy hand down on the Shomrei Torah UMitzvos.

Many years later fighting between Aristobulus and Hyrkanus, the sons of Yannai and Shlomtzion, opened the gated of Yerushalayim to the Roman General Pompei and led to the disintegration of Malchus Bais Chashmonai and eventually the Bais HaMikdash.

The list goes on and on, and continues even today on local and national levels.  Oy L'Oisa Busha!

"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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