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Author:  J
E-mail:  not available
Date:  1/30/2004 12:32:00 AM
Subject:  Lashon Hara
Message:  This seems like a perfect example of the Mitzvah KEDOSHIM TIHU- Thou shall be holy, which is understood to mean dont be a disgusting person and use the torah to justify it. Can anyone honestly believe that talking this way about someone, right or wrong, in a public forum can possibly be justified (no matter how many components are missing).

P.S. try to reply respectfully. I will admit if I am wrong and I suggest that everyone in this discussion board ATTEMPT to do the same. There is no need to crucify people like Yael and myself simply for stating an opinion.

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Author: Alexander Seinfeld
E-mail: seinfeld@daasbooks.com
Date: 12/30/2003 3:48:56 AM
Subject: Lashon Hara
Message: Please explain to me why this recent question and reply are not lashon hara, and if it is indeed lashon hara, why it was publshed on this forum and not deleted:

Author: Shlomo
E-mail: not available
Date: 12/2/2003 8:13:32 AM
Subject: scheinberg
Message: Strange how he (SS) complains about you using his elderly father, in his 90's for propoganda. He (SS) shleps him around for money. I once went to him, and was so turned off by the way this elderly Rav is used and bounced around, that I couldn't bring myself to go again.....
Never really trusted his son, either.... not surprised....

Shlomo W....

Reply: I think we all feel that way a bit, but try not to say it. I actually told the elderly Rav, "why don't you stay in Eretz Yisrael?"
He shrugged his shoulders and said, "what can I do, the Yeshiva needs money...."
But your point is well made!

Reply: Loshon Haraa needs three components, and if missing one of the three, it is not Lashon Haraa.
1) Malicious intent.
2) It needs to be a secret, that is known only by one or two people.
3) It must be a situation that the person regrets the wrongdoing, and is not continually doing it.
All three do not apply here.
Additionally, when it is said for a purpose, it is a Mitzvah.

Reply:  Mefarsamim Et Hachanafim.
Look into it.

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