Negative Speech (Lashon Hora)
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 . . .
We find that lashon hara, negative talk, is a sin that has caused numerous tragedies for the Jewish people, and indeed the world, since the very beginning of history.
Sticks, Stones & Names That Hurt Me
Which crime is worse, financial exploitation or verbal abuse? “Money can be reimbursed,” the Talmud notes, “but the hurt from words is irreparable . . .”
A Taste of Text—Tazria
Can you imagine a world bereft of evil talk, rumors, slander and gossip? What would it look like?
In a small town somewhere in Eastern Europe lived a nice man with a nasty problem: he talked too much about other people . . .
Bad mouthing others is an ugly character flaw. There are two ways to combat this natural tendency.
"אשה כי תזריע וילדה זכר" “When a woman conceives and gives birth to a male.” (12:2) QUESTION: Parshat Shemini concludes with the topic of kosher and non-kosher foods. What is the connection between the end of Parshat Shemini and the beginning of Tazria, w
What to say, how to say and if to say, in the light of classic sources in halachah
I don't know if the unethical practices hurt anyone, but I really want to tell the management.
Life Lessons from Parshat Metzora
The biblical skin discoloring of tzaraat was a consequence of spiritual failing, primarily due to lashon hara or gossip. Our words have extraordinary, far-reaching impact.
The controversy surrounding former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’s new memoir
So what does the Torah say about a situation like this? Would a Jew, who is bound by Torah law, be permitted to write a tell-all memoirk?
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