In this weeks Parasha, it seems to me that Hashem speaks L'H about Sarah, regarding her laughing about having a child. "G‑d said to Abraham: “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, when I am old?’ Is anything too difficult for G‑d?" Is Hashem indeed speaking L'H, and is this only permissible because he is God, and is this a case we shouldn't try and emulate Hashem?

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    Possible duplicate of Why did God lie about Sarah? – DonielF Nov 18 '19 at 22:44
  • @DonielF This asks why he said lashon hara. That asks why he lied – b a Nov 19 '19 at 12:37
  • @ba Part of that question addresses Lashon Hara – DonielF Nov 19 '19 at 16:32
  • @DonielF It mentions lashon hara, it doesn't ask about it – b a Nov 19 '19 at 16:34
  • Let's try to get some clarity on what the definition of lashon hara actually is. I understand that it means telling the truth about someone's actions or behavior in an attempt to place the other in a bad image. If God was lying, that doesn't seem to be LH. – DanF Nov 19 '19 at 17:04

First, trying to put God into some kind of frame or set of rules that he must obey feels, IMHO, like - if I'll put this in polite words - big misconception.

Having that said, this question is still valid since Lashon Hara causes harm, so why would God will this to Sara?

I guess that telling this to Abraham will have some kind of benefit, on the long run, so it's not immoral.

That reflects on Lashon Hara rules. Telling Lashon Hara is not forbidden when the speaker means to make the person that he talks about to repent, and he assumes that telling his bad deeds will help this goal. (Shmirat Halashon rule 10:3-4).

We all speak Lashon Hara with our spouses about our children, and with our fellow teachers about our students (when necessary). It's part of how education works, and God educate the people of Israel.

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