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Your quote is what Eve responded to the serpent which was not accurate. She added the touch and softened the punishment. Hashem said in 2:17 "on the day that you eat of it you will surely die" which did come true since "a thousand years is but a day" and they died within that "day". Thus, what Hashem said came true. See Rav Hirsch on 3:2-3.


I'm looking for practical tips on how to avoid believing lashon hara told by someone whom I usually trust and respect. Deuteronomy 19:15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established. ...


I think that this precisely should cause you to respect him less. If he's speaking Lashon Hara, he's violating quite a serious Lav. Would you respect a thief?

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