Because he isn’t Jewish….

(Cross-posted over on DovBear – click on the comments there for more discussion.)

We all know we are not supposed to speak Lashon Hara. This nasty sin is defined from torah.org as

“..any derogatory or damaging statement against an individual. In Hilchot Deot 7:5, Maimonides supplies a litmus test for determining whether something is or isn’t Lashon Hara: Anything which, if it would be publicized, would cause the subject physical or monetary damage, or would cause him anguish or fear, is Lashon Hara. “

Whether it is the truth or not, doesn’t really matter. One should not be talking about others. Period. It is even an aveirah to listen to it.

I am not perfect, but I try not to speak Lashon Hara. I try not to listen to it. As anyone knows when you have kids they are always telling you the bad things the others did to them. But kids and adults are very different.

What really ticks me off more than anything is that you will often hear religious people talking about certain non-Jewish people in a defamatory way, and when you tell them they shouldn’t be speaking this way, the Lashon Hara-ite will say “it’s ok, he isn’t Jewish”. Wait a sec. He isn’t Jewish therefore you can say what you like? It doesn’t count? That’s baloney. That’s the same thing as saying I can dress bareheaded in a bikini on the beach because there are no Jewish men around to see me. That I can steal from my neighbour because he isn’t Jewish. (oh wait, is that how some people are maskim for you to cheat on your taxes, because it’s a non Jewish government???)

If we are not supposed to talk badly about people, in my view, we should make it our habit to not speak that way about anyone. If you justify gossiping about one person, then what’s to stop you getting used to gossiping and forgetting and then badmouthing everyone.  If you are in the habit of dressing in a tzanua way, you don’t give that up when you are in a different habitat. You don’t give up eating kosher when there are no other Jews around. As far as I know there is no halachic suspension clause for when we want / need it. Our Torah, our halacha, our minhagim – they are all about living our life in a certain way. No exceptions. People died to uphold our way of life, and we allow it to be cheapened this way?

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  1. Audrey peters says:

    Very well said, I know only to well about these comments, bravo to you for bringing this issue up, I hope people will take heed. Audrey

  2. ladylockandload says:

    When you move, would you like to learn shmiras halashon together? My old chavrusah kind of peetered out. It is so true what you are writing. It is very hard to stop speaking loshon horah, we can only work on ourselves and then maybe others will follow our lead.

  3. stuart says:

    Kol HaKavod to you…

  4. William Dwek says:

    The Swine Flu is common in PIGS.

    This is a clear indication that it is the Dayanim – ‘Judges’ – and ‘Rabbis’ of today who are the PIGS and swines.

    They twist and use the Torah for their own power and commercial benefit.

    They are corrupt. And they are interested in only one thing:

    MONEY.

    Not the Torah.

  5. William Dwek says:

    When ‘dayanim’ and ‘rabbis’ use the Torah for their own power and commercial profit, this is the behaviour of a swine i.e. a Pig.

    No other ‘rabbi’ will ever act against another ‘rabbi’ – even when he knows his colleague is clearly desecrating the Torah. Each rabbi is only worried about losing his own position.

    Therefore, the ‘rabbi’ and ‘dayan’ will never effect justice. And he will never truly stand for the Torah or the Honour of Hashem. His pocket will always prevail.

    The Torah must never be used for commercial gain and profit. Am Yisrael can only be lead by those who have the necessary love and respect of Hashem and the Torah.

  6. William Dwek says:

    1. The ‘dayan’ and ‘rabbi’ may use lies. They turn the innocent into the guilty, and the guilty, become the innocent. They will not hesitate to tell lies in the Synagogue.

    2. The ‘dayan’ and ‘rabbi’ may steal. They steal and siphon off money for themselves, from the community and individuals.

    3. The ‘dayan’ and ‘rabbi’ may commit murder. They may shame a Jew in public, even repeatedly. This is one of the most vile acts of murder in Jewish law – and they know this.

    4. The ‘dayan’ and ‘rabbi’ will not hesitate to use Lashon Hara – the ‘Evil Tongue’ – to suit his own ends. Slander and gossip. This too, is one of the worst acts of murder in Jewish Law. Their slander is never challenged by the community, because they hold positions of power. And the slander may begin with the Rebbetzin herself.

    5. The ‘dayanim’ and ‘rabbis’ worship idols and other gods. Their only god is Money. Especially the ‘Dayanim’ – the ‘Judges’ who sit on a Beit Din. They only care about their high incomes and retirement packages. They have little or no love for the Torah or Hashem.

    In the case of Lubavitch/Chabad, all their rabbis are carrying out a form of Avodah Zarah – strange worship. They are using mediation and intercession. This is completely forbidden, and against the Torah. We are only allowed to pray to Hashem, directly ourselves.

    6. When the NAME of Hashem has been taken in Vain – repeatedly – by reshaim, the ‘rabbi’ will turn a deaf ear and blind eye to the

    CHILLUL HASHEM.

    This is the abhorrent behaviour of a Pig.

    This is an extremely severe and dangerous situation.

    There is NO forgiveness for this evil sin and aveirah.

    7. The ‘dayan’ and ‘rabbi’ may also offer large bribes, tell lies and bring False Witnesses – when he in fact has committed the crime. These are heinous acts of the most despicable kind. This is especially vile when the ‘dayan’ is sitting on a ‘Beit Din.’

    8. The ‘rabbi’ may commit adultery. And when he gets divorced, he may spread slander about his own ex-wife, blackening her name – when in fact he was at fault.

    9. The ‘dayan’ and ‘rabbi’ may also desecrate Shabbat – if it suits him. He will use physical violence to assault another Jew or Jewess at any time. This evil and venomous behaviour is 100% against the Torah.

  7. Noah Roth says:

    One quick correction… it *DOES* matter if it’s true. It must be true to be Lashon harah. If it is false the violation is the more serious “Motzi Shem Ra” or slander.

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