Section: Daily Reminder   Category: Zechiras Miriam
A Lesson From The Technological Revolution
The communication revolution started back in the days of the Chofetz Chaim when telegrams were the common way of quickly communicating important messages.  However it was not cheap and you paid per word. I remember the days when they were still used.  Each word was written only after a lengthy Din V'Cheshbon to determine if it was really necessary or it could be shortened. The few times that my parents received a telegram the messages came out so cryptic that you needed to be genius to decipher them.

This says the Chofetz Chaim (Chovas HaShmira - Asara Devarim) is wonderful lesson in Shmiras HaLashon.  One day we will also give a Din V'Cheshbon on each word... and the price will be far more than the most expensive telegram.  


"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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