Negative Speech (Lashon Hora)

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Lethal Words
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 . . .
Parshat Behaalotecha
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.
Tell your kids not to tell or tell them to always keep you up-to-date? First, let’s clarify the parameters of negative talk.
Learn some of the history of Lashon Harah (negative speech) in the Torah, the damage that it does in the world, and the power that it gives to Satan.
Growing Weekly: Parshat Tazria-Metzorah
Parshat Tazriah-Metzorah
Words are empowering. Words encourage us to reach unbelievable goals. But words can also destroy. What will your words do?
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