Skip to main content

Questions tagged [lashon-hara-slander]

Slander and gossip, including their laws

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
4 votes
0 answers
26 views

Why is it called Lashon Hara?

Why is it called לשון הרע, the bad language, as opposed to לשון רע, simply bad language? Wouldn’t the latter be more grammatically correct and more pashut?
Curious Yid's user avatar
  • 2,488
4 votes
1 answer
89 views

Are Noachides prohibited from Slander (Lashon Hara)?

The Jerusalem Talmud in Peah 1:1 says, ארבעה דברים שהן נפרעין מן האדם בעולם הזה והקרן קיימת לו לעולם הבא ואילו הן עבודה זרה וגילוי עריות ושפיכות דמים ולשון הרע כנגד כולן There are four things that a ...
Grapefruit's user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
212 views

Is listening to political news considered lashon hara?

"The sin of one who listened to evil gossip is more severe, and it is punished more, than the sin of the one who tells it." Rambam, laws of personality development 7:3. For example, one ...
Miguel's user avatar
  • 96
2 votes
0 answers
41 views

Are exaggerated bad reviews subject to nezikin

According to Halacha, if somebody speaks negatively about a product or device in an exaggerated manner (that would constitute Lashon harah) is that subject to Nezikin and actionable in a Beit Din? In ...
Kirk's user avatar
  • 4,518
2 votes
1 answer
151 views

Lashon harah about someone who leads people astray

Is it lashon harah to publicly criticize or attack those who you perceive as misleading people/leading people astray? For example, Rabbi Natan Slifkin has a blog in which he’s publicly criticized ...
Kirk's user avatar
  • 4,518
0 votes
0 answers
61 views

Discussing Lashon Harah with another witness

I'm surprised the Chofetz Chaim doesn't discuss this: If me and my friend saw someone do something bad or embarrassing, are we allowed to discuss it between ourselves? I'd appreciate your thoughts, ...
ElonMusk's user avatar
  • 477
1 vote
1 answer
89 views

Lashon Harah about a bully

If somebody is intentionally rude or mean to you, you explain they are being rude, and they continue, are you allowed to speak lashon Harah about them to someone close? For example, you are being ...
Kirk's user avatar
  • 4,518
3 votes
4 answers
363 views

Prevention of Lashon Hara as a protection for military wars

In light of the current situation in Israel, one of the calls that has been made is specifically to try and cut down on Lashon Hara. I have seen two similar sources concerning the generation of Achav: ...
Dov's user avatar
  • 32.9k
1 vote
0 answers
39 views

The case of the lone witness

The Talmud says: The Holy One, Blessed be He, hates... one who observes a licentious matter performed by another person and testifies against him alone. [There was an] incident where Tuveya sinned......
Maurice Mizrahi's user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
47 views

Proverbs 17:9 confusion on the alienation of friends

"He who seeks love overlooks faults, But he who harps on a matter alienates his friend" - Proverbs 17:9 What does this verse mean exactly? I take it as those who love one tend over look ...
naarter's user avatar
  • 110
2 votes
1 answer
102 views

Would complimenting someone's physical appearance be considered a problem since it causes the person to become overly conscious of themselves?

Let me clarify that I don't mean compliments in an inappropriate sense such has calling someone attractive or specifying a rude area of one's body. I'm speaking to examples like: You have a great ...
Michael's user avatar
  • 1,305
2 votes
0 answers
52 views

Chofetz Chaim and Eretz Israel

Does the Chofetz Chaim writes about the prohibition of speaking Lashon Hara about Eretz Israel?
Renan Suchmacher's user avatar
1 vote
2 answers
120 views

In Jewish law, can you sue for defamation?

Suppose someone falsely publishes false information about you, for example, writing on a public forum that you are not a trustworthy businessman because you once stole money from Reuven Israeli (no ...
lgshost's user avatar
  • 149
-1 votes
1 answer
311 views

Is it really bad to gossip about a gentile?

Obviously it is forbidden to speak Loshon Hora about a Jew unless it is L'Toeles or perhaps about an apikores. But is there anything bad about gossiping about a gentile?
Raphael Chilungu's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
33 views

Yaakov Avinu Talking About Eretz Yisroel

Since it is forbidden to speak badly about Eretz Yisroel, was it considered lashon hara for Yaakov Avinu to tell Pharaoh that he had to leave the Holy Land because it was negatively impacted by famine ...
NJM's user avatar
  • 14.3k
1 vote
1 answer
85 views

The limits of shaming someone in public

We are told in strong terms: He who humiliates another in public, it is as though he were spilling blood. [Bava Metzia 58b] Now, if, while asking a question, someone mispronounces a word, do you, in ...
Maurice Mizrahi's user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
39 views

Speaking negatively about someone - not about an Aveirah or Middah

When speaking negatively about someone, whether about an Aveirah that person did, or a bad middah he has, one transgresses the aveirah of Lashon Hara. The same is true if a negative remark can cause ...
Yoreinu's user avatar
  • 2,112
0 votes
1 answer
97 views

What was Miriam's Lashon Hara?

I heard that the problem with Miriam's Lashon Hara about Moshe was that she compared him with other prophets. With this comparation, she downgraded him, as he was a much bigger prophet and even ...
Renan Suchmacher's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
46 views

Lashon HaRa and friend [closed]

My friend wants to work at this place that I worked at. It was a highly toxic place. Every other employee there also felt the same about its toxicity. As far as lashon hara goes, can I tell him in one ...
Mars Sojourner's user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
58 views

Lashon Harah between two separate parties

Is it Lashon Harah if I am speaking true, non-condemning facts about a person to someone who has no idea who I'm talking about? (i.e I don't say their name and they wouldn't know who it was anyway, or ...
Gabe Paz's user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
85 views

Journalists and Lashon HaRa [closed]

I was troubled by an article of an Israeli journalist (who sees herself as frum) that included a gratuitous derogatory quote about the subject of the article. (She pointed out that a long-running feud ...
John Strider's user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
58 views

Kli Yakar about Lashon Hara

I heard that the Kli Yakar states that the source of the sin of Lashon Hara is the human tendency to focus on the negative side of life. So, naturally, when you focus on the bad side of things, you ...
Renan Suchmacher's user avatar
2 votes
3 answers
187 views

Is it wrong to have bad thoughts if you feel bad about them?

What is the sentiment on having bad unholy thoughts though I know they are wrong and feeling bad about them. For example if I interact with say a street sweeper and think 'I am superior to you' though ...
Noah Q'yain's user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
121 views

Lashon Hara in Shulchan Aruch?

Why aren't the laws of lashon hara in the shulchan aruch? The Rambam talks about them in Hilchos De'os, but as far as I'm aware the shulchan aruch does not.
Yosef's user avatar
  • 61
3 votes
5 answers
294 views

Yitzchak Avinu telling Esav what happened

My son-in-law asked me an interesting question: Yaakov left with the blessings, and Esav came in. Yitzchak tells his son that he can't bless him because (https://www.sefaria.org/Genesis.27.35?lang=bi&...
MichoelR's user avatar
  • 3,527
1 vote
1 answer
93 views

Not Your Business, Not Lashon Hara

If you overhear someone talking about you, “he just got into a car accident, or “his wife just got into a car accident,” and it’s not technically lashon hara since it’s not technically negative. Yet, ...
user419691's user avatar
7 votes
3 answers
254 views

Did the Jews speak Lashon Hara while in Egypt

In Vayikra Rabbah 32:5 the Midrash Rabbah is explicit that one of the reasons the Jews were redeemed from exile is because the did not speak Lashon Harah (slander) about each other while they were in ...
Eliyahu's user avatar
  • 5,415
6 votes
1 answer
140 views

Imitating Rabbanim

Is it Lashon Hara (or any other aveirah) to imitate a rav. It’s a common thing in yeshivos (at least the ones I’ve been involved in) that some bachrim imitate the rebbes mannerisms and way of speaking ...
user25895's user avatar
  • 174
1 vote
0 answers
37 views

What is considered Kabbalas Lashon Hara?

If one listens and feels uncomfortable to protest, is that accepting lashon hara? Must one verbally accept it? Is it accepting if one merely accepts it in their heart but verbally says they do not ...
Dov's user avatar
  • 1,083
3 votes
2 answers
184 views

The history of Hilchos Lashon Hora

I am having a hard time finding sources for Hilchos Lashon Hora from the Rishonim and Achronim (or further back). Does anyone know of good sources for Hilchos Lashon Hora from before the Chofetz Chaim?...
ylitc's user avatar
  • 139
8 votes
2 answers
407 views

Don't disparage the entirety of another person

Me'am Loez on Pirkei Avos 4:3 quotes a Sefer called Divrei Yechezkel to explain the words אל תהי בז לכל אדם as meaning "Don't disparage the entirety of a human being." Even if you see ...
Eliyahu's user avatar
  • 5,415
1 vote
0 answers
51 views

Would talking to a friend about someone who is annoying to you be considered lashon hara? [duplicate]

I’ll expand the question in the title. Suppose someone is being annoyed by somebody else or has certain doubts about how to proceed regarding somebody else’s behavior and is looking for advice. Not ...
najliel's user avatar
  • 55
2 votes
1 answer
133 views

Lashon Hara in the Gemara

The Gemara sometimes relates anecdotes of Amoraim and presents them in a negative light by including details which would seemingly classify as Lashon Hara in any other context. For instance, "רַב ...
El Shteiger's user avatar
  • 2,991
3 votes
0 answers
129 views

Is one allowed to say that a girl is simpleminded when giving shidduch information? [closed]

If a person is trying to help another make a shidduch (assist in arranging a potential marriage), they may know that a particular boy would be looking for a smart girl. If the person has information ...
user20668's user avatar
2 votes
0 answers
82 views

What did Rabbi Yannai understand about 'Mi Ha-ish'?

The Midrash [Leviticus R. 16:2] says: A peddler used to make the rounds of the towns near Sepphoris, crying out: "Who wishes to buy the potion for a long life?" and drawing large crowds ...
Maurice Mizrahi's user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
410 views

Full translation of Chofetz Chaim into English?

Can anyone recommend (or does this even exist?) a full translation of the Chofetz Chaim into English? I'm aware of some of the 'lesson-a-day' things but am not sure whether these are full translations ...
Zarka's user avatar
  • 2,428
3 votes
2 answers
250 views

Does Hashem speak Lashon Hara about Sara?

In this week's Parasha, it seems to me that Hashem speaks L'H about Sarah, regarding her laughing about having a child (Genesis.18.13). וַיֹּ֥אמֶר ה' אֶל־אַבְרָהָ֑ם לָ֣מָּה זֶּה֩ צָחֲקָ֨ה שָׂרָ֜ה ...
yalpsid eman's user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
144 views

Are there any instances in Tanach of Lashon Hara said purely for non-constructive purposes?

I can think of several said with proper intentions - for instance, Miriam (Bamidbar ch. 12) wasn’t trying to harm Moshe with her speech; likewise those who told Gedaliah that he was to be killed by ...
DonielF's user avatar
  • 34.3k
-1 votes
1 answer
122 views

Understanding the sin of Lashon Hara

The problem is simply that I do not completely understand the principle of lashon hara.   One definition I often see is that lashon hara is spreading true (or also false in broader terms), ...
jp dozen's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
43 views

Why 2.5 tribes' claim wasn't considered slander against Eretz Israel?

The 2.5 tribes claimed (Num 32,4): הָאָ֗רֶץ אֲשֶׁ֨ר הִכָּ֤ה ה' לִפְנֵי֙ עֲדַ֣ת יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל אֶ֥רֶץ מִקְנֶ֖ה הִ֑וא וְלַֽעֲבָדֶ֖יךָ מִקְנֶֽה׃ the land that the LORD has conquered for the community of ...
Al Berko's user avatar
  • 26k
1 vote
1 answer
76 views

Loshon Hora: Chafetz Chaim & Dissenting views

The sefer "Chofetz Chaim" is accepted worldwide as the leading authority in the Hilchos Shemiras Haloshon arena. However, as with every area in halacha, there are specific details which are subject to ...
chortkov2's user avatar
  • 9,510
0 votes
0 answers
57 views

Loshon Hora: Believing that circumstances permit slander

When the Chofetz Chaim (Klal 2, §3) codifies the allowance to relate slander heard b'apei t'lasa (a statement made in front of three people, which is considered avidi l'geluei and therefore already ...
chortkov2's user avatar
  • 9,510
4 votes
0 answers
97 views

Loshon Hora: The allowance of B'apei t'lasa (in front of 3)

Although they are governed by very strict limitations, there are numerous 'hetterim' for the prohibition of lashon hora, such as apei t'lasa, l'toieles, etc. The Chofetz Chaim (Klal 2, §3 - see there ...
chortkov2's user avatar
  • 9,510
6 votes
1 answer
203 views

Is the punishment for loshan hara death or tzaraas?

What is worse loshan hara about a thing or about a person? We see that Miriam said Lashan Hara about a person and got Tzoraas We see the meraglim said Lashan Hara about trees and stones and received ...
hazoriz's user avatar
  • 7,526
8 votes
1 answer
152 views

Did Tziporah sin in what she said about Moshe?

In Bamidbar 12:1 the pasuk says ותדבר מרים ואהרן במשה על־אדות האשה הכשית אשר לקח כי־אשה כשית לקח Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman he had married: “He married a ...
rikitikitembo's user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
754 views

Why is one not obligated to give up his life rather than violate Lashon Hara?

The Gemara in Erchin 15b compares Lashon Hara to the Big Three: תנא דבי רבי ישמעאל כל המספר לשון הרע מגדיל עונות כנגד שלש עבירות עבודת כוכבים וגילוי עריות ושפיכות דמים כתיב הכא לשון מדברת גדולות ...
DonielF's user avatar
  • 34.3k
2 votes
0 answers
114 views

When is anonymous negative speech lashon hara'?

When you speak negatively about someone, and your audience has no way of knowing what individual you are referring to, is it still considered lashon hara'? Source please.
Maurice Mizrahi's user avatar
1 vote
3 answers
478 views

What is the meaning of "k'neged kullam"?

What is the meaning of "k'neged kullam"? The Talmud says: "אֵלּוּ דְבָרִים שֶׁאָדָם אוֹכֵל פֵּרוֹתֵיהֶן בָּעוֹלָם הַזֶּה וְהַקֶּרֶן קַיֶּמֶת לוֹ לָעוֹלָם הַבָּא. כִּבּוּד אָב וָאֵם, וּגְמִילוּת ...
Maurice Mizrahi's user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
179 views

Is speaking lashon hara ever justified?

My uncle has always encouraged me to avoid speaking lashon hara. "Will these words bring me closer to or further from this person?" is his usual response. However, is it ever justified to speak ill of ...
user27343's user avatar
  • 444
0 votes
1 answer
74 views

Is telling unpleasant truth about a person Lashon Hora?

Is telling something unpleasant, something that would portray a person in a very negative light even though it is true, considered Lashon Hora?
Dan Weisberg's user avatar
  • 1,195