Can a Gentile tell me Loshon Hara about another Jew?

  • Don't think it makes a difference.
    – larry909
    Commented Mar 7, 2019 at 1:18

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Unless the information being listened to is directly relevant to you (e.g., to arrange a business deal or a marriage), this is prohibited. The Chofetz Chaim (6:2) makes no difference between a Jew and a Gentile

Even merely listening to Lashon Hara is a violation of the Torah, even if the listener intends not to believe anything while he is listening. Simply bending his ear to hear constitutes a violation.

The reference is to the listening, not to who speaks.

  • But regarding lifne iver, maybe there is not lifne Iver when you listen loshon horo from a gentile
    – kouty
    Commented Mar 7, 2019 at 20:20

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