Category Archives: Gossip

From Principles to Rules and from Musar to Halakhah: The Hafetz Hayim’s Rulings on Libel and Gossip by Benjamin Brown

LINK: Story from Professor Israel Ta-Shma: In the year 1873, when the Hafetz Hayim finished writing his book Hafetz Hayim on libel and gossip, he wished to publish it with rabbinical endorsements, as was customary. Since he also wanted to … Continue reading

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The Jewish Laws Of Proper Speech (Lashon Hara)

I’m listening to some classes on lashon hara (forbidden speech according to Torah) on YUTorah.org and I am disappointed in how ignorant they are. YUTorah.org presents Rabbi Daniel Z. Feldman as an expert in this topic. Fourteen minutes into one … Continue reading

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Can Comedy Be Kosher?

I just read a provocative article on Orthodox Jews in comedy in Tablet Magazine. According to the author’s self-description: “Josh Lambert (@joshnlambert), a Tablet Magazine contributing editor and comedy columnist, is the academic director of the Yiddish Book Center, Visiting … Continue reading

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When Gossip Packs A Punch

A few months ago, Friend A told me about Friend B, “Her father is a conman.” And suddenly everything fell into place. All sorts of things that didn’t make sense suddenly made sense. The remark took all these jagged edges … Continue reading

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The Great Controversies Of The Chofetz Chaim

The Chofetz Chaim was a European Orthodox rabbi who lived at the turn of the last century. According to Wikipedia: “Yisrael Meir (Kagan) Poupko (Dziatłava, 1838 – Radun’, 1933), known popularly as The Chofetz Chaim, was an influential Lithuanian Jewish … Continue reading

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