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To what extent can one avail oneself of the exception of "to'elet"="for a purpose" to the standard rules of Lashon HaRa' (slander) in discussing different candidates' qualifications for being a community moderator?

Background: the exception of To'elet is best roughly illustrated by referring to the story of Gedaliah ben Achikam. A friend of Gedaliah named Yochanon ben Kereach warned him that Yishmael ben Netanya was coming to kill him but Gedaliah refused to listen because it was Lashon HaRa' and ended up being killed (Jeremiah 40:13-41:3). However, Gedaliah was mistaken and should have listened to Yochanon because the Lashon HaRa' was told with a To'elet: to save Gedaliah's life.

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On second thought, I really dislike my way of explaining To'elet. Anyone else have an idea? I don't want to get into too much detail in the question; let's leave that for the answers. –  Double AA Jul 10 '12 at 4:36
Or if people like it we can keep it. Whatever. –  Double AA Jul 10 '12 at 5:09
Hirhurim –  b a Jul 10 '12 at 7:02
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/10693/… –  Isaac Moses Jul 10 '12 at 18:16
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