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Whether we are aware of it or not– whether we admit it or not-- We all speak Lashon Harah.
11/29/2009, 7:21 PM

A7 Radio's "The Shmuz" with Rabbi B. Shafier
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Whether we are aware of it or not– whether we admit it or not-- We all speak Lashon Harah. And herein lies one of the great mysteries: The Rambam defines Lashon Harah as words that hurt words that damage. Yet, we are nice people. We aren’t malicious or mean spirited, and we certainly wouldn’t do something to intentionally hurt another person. Yet, we regularly speak, “words that hurt words that damage “– the question is why?
This Shmuz focuses us on the fact that one of the biggest causes of Lashon Harah is simply not recognizing the effect of our words, and the impact that they have on other people. And therefore the solution is simple: to recognize the gravity of the words that we speak, and almost effortlessly we can remove one of the greatest obstacles to our growth and functionally be much better people.
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