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Author:  Yenta
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Date:  1/7/2004 12:57:00 PM
Subject:  gossip
Message:  At a wedding I recently attended a group of my friends were discussing the latest divorce in town. I moved on to the next group who were busy analyzing a neighbor who cracked up. Both groups had no malicious intent and both cases were known to the public. Since this is not considered loshon hora, what is it? Nobody with an IQ of 50 or higher wants to be discussed and analyzed by some self proclaimed shrinks. Non constructive gossip certainly seems to be just as degrading and sinful as loshon hora. Is the sin not as severe?
   
Reply:  It is "Bitul Torah." (wasting time)
No. Not as severe. Some people are better off gossiping than some of the other things they might do. But your point is well taken. We should have the "Laws of Lashon Harah" posted shortly.
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