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The following is from a Torah Tavlin parsha sheet (M'tzora 5774): A famous story is told about the holy Chofetz Chaim ZT”L, who sat next to a Jew on a train traveling to Radin. The traveler was unaware of the identity of the man sitting next to him and he mentioned he was going to see the great Tzaddik of Radin. R’ Yisroel Meir protested and said ...


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Artscroll "Chofetz Chaim, A Lesson A Day" book, (page 68) states that derogatory speech may not be said even of someone who allows this to be said about himself, because "to speak negative of one's fellow is shameful in itself". The source for this (endnote 18) is given as Beer Mayim Chaim 2:28. The note further states (my translation from Hebrew): ...


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This is a rather famous story I believe. R. Hershel Schachter in Nefesh Harav (pg 150) quotes Rabbi Soloveitchik: (loose translation) there's no novelty in saying that the Chofetz Chaim said that one cannot speak lashon hara about oneself (i.e. it's obviously prohibited), because after all, the whole concept of 'maris ayin' shows that a person doesn't ...



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