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Slander and gossip, including their laws

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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 ...
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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), ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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Does Jewish law have a clear position on freedom of speech?

Does Jewish law have a clear position on freedom of speech? On the one hand, the Talmud itself testifies to such freedom (within broad bounds): Minority opinions are cited, followed by the majority ...
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When does speculation become evil gossip?

All we know about the death of Nadav and Avihu is this verse in Leviticus: And Nadav and Avihu, the sons of Aaron, took each of them his censer, and put fire in it, and put incense on it, and offered ...
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Lashon Hora to get something off one's chest'? [duplicate]

Is there an issue of Lashon Hora to tell someone about a difficult situation that one is experiencing with another person if your purpose is to vent and get 'something off one's chest'? Similarly, may ...
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Speaking Lashon Hara about a Teacher

Let’s say you have an awful teacher in school that doesn’t know how to teach properly. Are you allowed to tell your parents that that teacher is bad? Or is this Lashon hara? If it is Lashon Hara, how ...
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Lashon Hara And News articles?

Is it considered Lashon Hara to read a news article on someone that has derogatory facts about him/her? List sources. Thanks!
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Lashon Hara That 3 people have already heard

Is it true that a derogatory statement that was already heard by 3 people or more, is not considered Lashon Hara? Such as saying that a Jew was charged with a certain crime, that more then 3 people ...
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Reading Lashon Harah Online

Is it a sin to read Lashon harah online? For example, reading bad reviews about a business. Or even reading reviews about a person? Thanks!
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Lashon Hara about a business [duplicate]

Would it be Lashon Hara to say something bad about a business? For example, saying a certain school is bad or a restaurant serves bad food. Would this be considered speaking Lashon Hara?
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Is it Lashon Harah to tell someone's wife that you found her husband's wallet, since this might cause her to get upset with him for being careless?

Is it Lashon Harah to tell someone's wife that you found her husband's wallet, (if the husband did not publicize the loss, and you can tell the husband himself), since this might cause her to get ...
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Can one post a negative comment on a site such as Google or Yelp?

This answer states Chafetz Chaim's 7 rules regarding to'elet for Lashon Hara. When a service provider posts his business on a ratings site such as a doctor's site like Zocdoc, or one of the travel ...
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Can one publicize a poor experience with a service provider to discourage others from using him?

Trigger situation for this question: someone asked for a doctor recommendation on a WhatsApp group with 200+ members. When a particular doctor was mentioned, one of the members wrote he had a bad ...
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Lashon hara l'toeles, with ulterior motives

The chafetz Chaim writes in Hilchos Lashon Hara (10:2) that one of the conditions of being allowed to relate lashon hara l'toeles, (for example to save someone from getting hurt), is that the person ...
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Telling yourself lashon hara

There are several websites that let you send an email to yourself in the future (example). It's also possible to accomplish something similar in a lower-tech way, like making a time capsule. Are you ...
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How is the mitzvah to remember what Hashem did to Miriam a source for not speaking Lashon Hora?

Rashi in Devarim 24:9 quotes Sifrei: זכור את אשר עשה ה' אלהיך למרים. אִם בָּאתָ לְהִזָּהֵר שֶׁלֹּא תִלְקֶה בְּצָרַעַת אַל תְּסַפֵּר לְשׁוֹן הָרָע, זָכוֹר הֶעָשׂוּי לְמִרְיָם שֶׁדִּבְּרָה בְאָחִיהָ וְלָקְתָה ...
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Would speaking Lashon-harah (slander) for the sole purpose of “venting” be considered *L'Toelet* - for positive Benefit - and thus be permitted?

Would speaking Lashon-Harah (slander) for the sole purpose of "venting" be considered L'Toelet for a positive Benefit- and thus be permitted (as per the necessary conditions)? If not, why not?
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Is a rabbi allowed to exaggerate stories about someone they see as a “bad character” in order to distance people from him?

I am reading a summary of the halachot in chafetz chaim that I found by the geniza (can't quite figure out who wrote it) which makes mention of the possibility for a rabbi to speak lashon hara to his ...
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Avak lashon hara

Please give examples of avak lashon hara, how does it compare with regular lashon hara ? Chofetz Chaim explains gezera but not avak. What are the sources ?
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App featuring material written on Shabbos & lashon hora

I'm building an Android app featuring Israeli news. It is largely based on feeds that automatically takes material written by news services and bloggers who are not shomer Shabbos (but no one is ...
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Speaking negatively about Rabbis

I vaguely recall hearing in a shi`ur once about a grave prohibition against speaking negatively about Rabbis. Unfortunately, I don't recall the shi`ur (I think it may have been by R' Eli Mansour) nor ...
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Disparaging the dead, Lashon Harah

It is prohibited to speak Lashon Harah (i.e. Slander, evil speech) about others. Does this prohibition apply to the deceased? The assumption being that the prohibition only would apply in a case ...
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Why is there no tzara'at nowadays [duplicate]

In the Torah it says clearly that the punishment for speaking Lashon Hara' is צרעת. Why then do we not see this happening as an immediate or even delayed punishment nowadays? And why does the Torah ...
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Lashon hara and review businesses

How does one reconcile a duty to warn of bad businesses and a duty to not speak lashon hara? Ex. Yelp
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Talking improperly about Eretz Israel

The Torah in Bamidbar 13-14, describes the story of the 12 spies in which 10 of them deceit Am Israel speaking slander about the land. This causes the people to fear and cry for no reason, leading to ...
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Lashon Hara to pay a compliment

Is one allowed to say Lashon Hara to pay someone a compliment? For instance, "Reuven used to be such a slacker. But look how much he's grown!"
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Rechilus and Close Votes

Say that someone (Reuven) posts something on here. A person (Shimon) votes to close it. Now, someone else (Levi) comes along, sees this close vote, and disagrees with it. So he might comment on the ...
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Understanding Avot DeRabbi Natan 9:2 about Lashon Hara

I am trying to understand Avot Derabbi Natan 9:2. It explains that B'nai Israel tested G-d 10 times in total in the desert, but G-d did not punish them until they spoke lashon hara about the land of ...
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Is upward/360-degree feedback halachically allowed?

It is common practice in many companies to request 360-degree or upward feedback, whereby employees are asked to share (positive and negative) feedback on some of their colleagues, subordinates or ...
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How do you do teshuva for saying lashon hara about someone that already passed away?

If someone might have said lashon hara by mistake unintentionally and quickly said something good, and the subject passed away. How can one do teshuvah?
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Speaking badly about a deceased person

It seems obvious that one shouldn't speak badly or in a negative way against anyone whether they are living or not. However does it say anywhere that particularly one should be careful about speaking ...
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Could a great sage tell if someone had a strong yetzer hara? That are in grave risk of becoming a rasha?

A very strange question and is mostly theoretical (well I am a writer, but I don't want to spread Lashon Hara about the Jewish people in my short story)*. But if someone was a great sage and lived at ...
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Can you tell a client that he's being overcharged which might put the service provider out of business?

Are there any issues involved with telling a client that a service they are using is overpriced and that a competitor will give them a much cheaper option? Let's assume all the parties are Jewish (...
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When / How are you permitted to praise or award someone?

Chafetz Chaim issues a warning against praising someone excessively in public or before that person's enemies. Excerpt from here: One should not praise someone in public, says the Chofetz Chaim. ...
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Lashon Hara damage

Years ago someone at my shul spread lashon hara about me, specifically a story that was not true. At that time, some people at shul began treating me very coldly. To this day the cold shoulder ...
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Why weren't the spies afflicted with tzara'at (leprosy)?

Refer to Avot D'Rebbi Natan ch. 9 (ver. א. In summary, he comments on Numbers 14:22: surely all those men that have seen My glory, and My signs, which I wrought in Egypt and in the wilderness, ...
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If I'll tell you I'll have to kill you, maybe even then not

Can one tell Lashon Hara to someone about to die? It won't spread any further. Do poskim discuss this?
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Lashon Hara about one of a group

I've often heard people say something like, "Someone was talking during davening today" while being careful to avoid naming the person. From here I might guess that it is not considered lashon hara if ...
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Who is My Fellow?

In the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, in the siman on Lishon Hara (30), the Kitzur references the role of "fellow" several times. Who counts as fellow here? Is it only fellow Jews or anyone?