Chofetz Chaim Daily 10 Shvat Commandments that one transgresses with LH: Negative commandments – 1)Lo Selech Rachil B’amecha (if the info is false then it is Motsi Shem Ra) 2)Lo Sisa Shema Shav Don’t accept a bad report. Refers to speaker as well, because we also read as Lo Sasi (do not tell)
Chofetz Chaim Daily 9 Shvat Because LH is such a bad trait, it is singled out with a specific commandment, Lo selech rachil, unlike other bad traits. LH also involves many sins which we will list in the future. General Rule: Unless specified otherwise, prohibitions apply equally to LH and Rechilus, speaker and listener, true and false, before subject and
Chofetz Chaim Daily 7 Shvat. Intro. One should try to fully understand the laws, not just superficially, because one might misinterpret heterim. By studying the laws, one will not become a baal LH. A baal LH is similar to one who transgresses a cardinal sin (see 27 Shvat 1:4 “as bad as all 3” !) & doesn’t greet the shechina.
Chofetz Chaim Daily 5 Shvat The sefer Chofetz Chaim was written to educate the public in keeping the laws of LH and Rechilus. Content is gathered from Rishonim and Poskim. The main text is concise law. Sources are spelled out in the Beer Mayim Chaim. Chofetz Chaim Daily 6 Shvat. Intro. The entire sefer was written as actual Halacha, not
Chofetz Chaim Daily 4 Shvat. Intro. Widespread nonobservance of hilchos LH is because of: 1)Ignorance of the laws 2)False heterim. This is primarily because there was no sefer that clearly spelled out all the halachos.
Chofetz Chaim Daily 3 Shvat Some reasons why LH is so terrible 1)When people speak/listen to LH, the satan gets the ability to prosecute & the heavenly court gets the right to listen to sins 2)LH damages the potency of prayers and Torah learning that comes from the mouth 3)LH is a habit that piles up many sins very quickly.
Chofetz Chaim Daily 2 Shvat. LH is the primary sin we need to rectify to merit redemption* because 1)it caused the current exile 2)the LH of the miraglim also caused exile 3)LH prolonged the Egyptian exile 4)the Torah curses LH sinners 5)A Baal LH is equal to a kofer. See sefer for elaboration.
Chofetz Chaim Daily 29 Teves If your information is not first hand, you can say it IF 1)the listeners know that, & will make more serious inquiries 2)they won’t break it off because of you. The Chofetz Chaim concludes his sefer by saying that the main idea is to think before you speak!! Chofetz Chaim Daily New Cycle. 1 Shvat.
Chofetz Chaim Daily 27 Teves. Conclusion. Serious negativities of a shidduch include: hidden illness, apikorsus and pritzus. Asur to tell about a boy’s lack of Torah knowledge. If they are concerned, they could have him tested. Whenever you’re allowed to speak, you must make sure to fulfill all the conditions in Rechilus Chapter 9:2 Chofetz Chaim Daily 28 Teves. Conclusion.
Chofetz Chaim Daily 26 Teves – Shidduch Scenario: Be careful. If you know serious negative info about a potential shidduch, you must tell other side. Chofetz Chaim warns against destructive labeling i.e. to call a sincere & simple person “not so sharp”. Besides ruining potential matches, it degrades being sincere. Asur to degrade someone b/c of their parents or ancestors.