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Section: Questions   Category: Halacha
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Halacha - Newspaper/Magazine Lashon Hara
Submitted by DC  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

You are correct that profuse praise is usually an issue of avak lashon hara. The reason is that it is likely to provoke someone hears it to counter the excessive effusiveness by putting down the subject. Since it leads others to commit the aveira of lashon hara, it is forbidden.

Regarding a newspaper there may be extenuating circumstances. Firstly, the definition of "excessive" praise would be relative to the subject. If written about a Gadol, one could say much more before running into problems. Secondly, unlike a verbal conversation where there are inevitably others participating who could respond derisively, a printed story could be read in private leaving no one to express one's negative reaction to. Since no lashon hara was provoked, no avak was committed.

In conclusion, it is certainly an issue to be taken into consideration, but it is difficult to make any blanket pronouncement on the subject.

posted:2011-11-17 19:19:56  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Lashon Harah
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

Saying something that you know is likely to provoke someone else to say lashon hara is forbidden and referred to as avak lashon hara. Furthermore, it is a problem of lifnei iver. Of course this is not a justification for your "friend" to say lashon hara, and certainly not about a Rabbi and his divrei Torah.

posted:2009-02-11 12:02:58  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - irreligious children
Submitted by Sam  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

Generally speaking it would be forbidden because it could lead one to think less respectfully of the Rabbi who was unsuccessful in raising his children. In certain specific situations where there is direct benefit to the one hearing the information (such as to comfort someone whose own child is not religious) and where no negative implication is intended, it may be permitted. However, these halachos are very complicated and a specific question should be asked before relating such information.

posted:2008-07-09 15:28:38  (0) comments   email to a friend

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