“And the men who spread the evil report about the land died…” (14:37)

Rabbi Eliezer ben Parta said, “See how terrible is the sin of lashon hara! If one who slanders wood and stones is punished so severely, how much more so one who slanders his friend.” (Arachin 15a)

This begs the question: Why, indeed, should one be punished for “slandering wood and stones”? They are not hurt by the slander – they are inanimate objects!

We see from here that the stringency of lashon hara is not so much because of the pain inflicted on someone else. Rather, this is considered an intrinsic sin of speech. Besides for the damage inflicted, the person is sinning by using his power of speech for a negative purpose. So even when no pain is caused, he has sinned by misusing the special gift that was given to Man.

The Chafetz Chaim says (4:11) that if someone spoke lashon hara and then found out later that that his words were actually beneficial and permitted, he still requires atonement. This is worse than someone who thought he was eating non kosher food but in reality it was kosher. The food—it turns out—was kosher, but when one speaks with malice against his friend it is a sin no matter what the result.

We see this from the lashon hara of Miriam as well. Moshe was so humble that he was beyond being hurt by any negative speech about him. Yet Miriam was punished. This is the lesson the Spies should have learned from the incident of Miriam.

The Chafetz Chaim says that even if the slanderer knows that the listeners will not believe him, it is still considered lashon hara because the speech itself is prohibited, independent of the effect.
(Chavetzeles Hasharon)

Shabbos Classes
8:00 am…. .Emes L’Yaakov on Parsha with Rabbi Rosenberg
11:00 am…Chovos Ha’levavos with Rabbi Worch
6:00 pm….Gemara (for Young Men of All Ages) with Rabbi Worch
7:00 pm…. Avos d’Rebbe Nosson with Rabbi Worch
7:00 pm…. Minchas Chinuch with Rabbi Rosenberg

Do you know anyone who could benefit from a “Back to Basics”
Shabbos service? Slow, abridged and explained. With Rabbi Rosenberg 9:15am in the upstairs Bais Medrash of RZC, 3740 Dempster.
For men and women Rabbi Oren’s new class Mondays at 8:30 pm
A Telling Tale: Understanding the stories of the Gemara
and applying them to our lives For Men and Women
Avos U’vonim 2 hours before Mincha for 50 minutes.
All boys  (grade 3 – 8) and their fathers are welcome.

Starting June 10th-a six part series on
Toras Eretz Yisrael
Come and join us as we travel on Tuesdays through Eretz Yisroel
in the eyes of Halachah and Machshavah
.
June 17th Presented by Rabbi Kalman Worch
Of Biblical Proportion:
The Other Three Parts of Eretz Yisroel

June 24th Presented by Rabbi Yaakov Homnick
Tasting the Earth:
The Jewish People’s Agricultural Legacy.

July 1st Presented by Rabbi Mordechai Millunchick
Jewish Geography:
The Middle of the World

July 8th Presented by Rabbi Yakov
Kreisman
The Sanctity of the Land:
Can Kedushas Eretz Yisrael be
Exported?

No class July 15th due to the Fast Day

July 22nd Presented by Rabbi Aron Rosenberg
Shemitta and Selling the Land:
The Interplay of Commerce and Kedushah

Tuesdays 8:30pm
For man and women
June 17th Presented by Rabbi Kalman Worch
Of Biblical Proportion:
The Other Three Parts of Eretz Yisroel

Do you know anyone who could benefit from a “Back to Basics”
Shabbos service? Slow, abridged and explained. With Rabbi Rosenberg 9:15am in the upstairs Bais Medrash of RZC, 3740 Dempster.
For men and women Rabbi Oren’s new class Mondays at 8:30 pm
A Telling Tale: Understanding the stories of the Gemara
and applying them to our lives For Men and Women

Avos U’vonim 2 hours before Mincha for 50 minutes.
All boys(grade 3 – 8) and their fathers are welcome.

Tanach Studv Group for Women
with Mrs. Liberman will meet June 16 at OT 10am

Women’s Shabbos afternoon classes.
This week June 14 at the home of Mrs. Brooke Warso 3711 Arcadia
at 5pm. Guest Speaker Sheila Segall