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Negative Speech (Lashon Hora)

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Laws of Lashon Hara Parshat Behaalotecha RankRankRankRankRankRank
We find that lashon hara, slanderous talk, is a sin that has caused numerous tragedies for the Jewish people, and indeed the world, since the very beginning of history.
Gossip and Slander Lethal Words RankRankRankRankRankRank
Words carry the potential of causing catastrophic harm, often tearing asunder families and friendships. The destructive power of negative speech is surpassed only by the beneficial power of positive speech . . .
Verbal Exploitation Sticks, Stones & Names That Hurt Me RankRankRankRankRankRank
Which crime is worse, financial exploitation or verbal abuse? “Money can be reimbursed,” the Talmud notes, “but the hurt from words is irreparable . . .”
Bad mouthing others is an ugly character flaw. There are two ways to combat this natural tendency.
In a small town somewhere in Eastern Europe lived a nice man with a nasty problem: he talked too much about other people . . .
What’s Wrong with Gossip That’s True?
Can you imagine a world bereft of evil talk, rumors, slander and gossip? What would it look like?
The Power of Speech Parshat Metzora RankRankRankRankRankRank
How to use one's power of speech in a positive and healing manner.
Hurtful Words Parshat Behar RankRankRankRankRankRank
One should be extremely careful to never shame another in public. This sin is akin to murder; just as blood is spilled in the act of murder, so too when one is shamed the blood drains from his face...
Miriam, the elder sister of Moses and Aaron, was afflicted with tzaraat (leprosy) after speaking negatively of Moses, and was quarantined outside of the camp for seven days--as related in Numbers 12 Links: The Biblical account (with Rashi's commentary) Ab...
Our ancestors worshipped idols and on occasion beat each other physically. Yet, none of this justified their suffering to Moses. But gossip, a seemingly relatively innocent sin, was sufficient to explain it.
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