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Causing Sin

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This video is class 7 of 46 in the series Chofetz Chaim Laws of Proper Speech.

In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Chofetz Chaim and the laws of proper speech, Rabbi Beinish Ginsburg teaches three of the many transgressions one commits when speaking lashon hara. Specifically, he focuses on the danger of causing others to sin, known as ‘lifnei iver’, and the pleasure derived from speaking lashon hara.

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The Chillul Hashem of Lashon Hara

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This video is class 8 of 46 in the series Chofetz Chaim Laws of Proper Speech.

In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Chofetz Chaim and Shmirat Halashon, Rabbi Beinish Ginsburg teaches more of the Torah prohibitions listed in the introduction to Sefer Chofetz Chaim. One who speaks lashon hara is guilty of creating a chillul Hashem (desecration of G-d’s Name). The sin of lashon hara is is intricately connected with the sins of taking revenge and bearing a grudge, as well as the sin of hating a fellow Jew.

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Loving Your Fellow Jew

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This video is class 11 of 46 in the series Chofetz Chaim Laws of Proper Speech.

In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Chofetz Chaim, Rabbi Beinish Ginsburg begins a discussion of the positive mitzvot that are related to Shmirat Halashon (guarding one’s speech). The class discusses speaking lashon hara as a violation of the mitzva of V’ahavta L’rei’acha Kamocha, loving your fellow Jew. It also mentions that judging others favorably helps one to avoid speaking and believing lashon hara.

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Remembering Miriam

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This video is class 13 of 46 in the series Chofetz Chaim Laws of Proper Speech.

In this Torah shiur (class) on Chofetz Chaim and Shmirat Halashon, Rabbi Beinish Ginsburg speaks about the mitzvah to remember what happend to Miriam when she spoke lashon hara about her brother Moshe Rabbenu. He goes on to discuss the mitzvah to honor kohanim and to fear Hashem, both of which can be transgressed when one speaks lashon hara. The class includes a beautiful story about Rav Shach zatzal and Rav Yaakov Kaminetzky zatzal.

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Words that Build

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This video is class 16 of 46 in the series Chofetz Chaim Laws of Proper Speech.

In this Torah class (shiur) on Sefer Chofetz Chaim, Rabbi Beinish Ginsburg begins teaching the body of the sefer, beginning with klal aleph. This class defines lashon hara and rechilus, and discusses which is worse. Rabbi Ginsburg also discusses a situation where a Rebbi or parent requests that someone tell them lashon hara, and how to respectfully avoid speaking improperly even under such circumstances.

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Being a Positive Person

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This video is class 25 of 46 in the series Chofetz Chaim Laws of Proper Speech.

In this Torah shiur (class) on the laws of proper speech, Rabbi Beinish Ginsburg teaches Sefer Chofetz Chaim klal 4 paragraphs 1-3, which discuss speaking lashon hara about someone who transgresses Mitzvot bein Adam l’Makom, in matters between Man and G-d. Rabbi Ginsburg emphasizes the importance of noticing and focusing on positive behaviors when interacting with others.

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Correcting Others’ Wrongdoings

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This video is class 26 of 46 in the series Chofetz Chaim Laws of Proper Speech.

In this Torah shiur (class) on the laws of proper speech, Rabbi Beinish Ginsburg teaches Sefer Chofetz Chaim klal daled, paragraphs 4-6. The Chofetz Chaim emphasizes that one is not allowed to tell others if he saw someone commit a transgression once, because the person may have done teshuva. Rather, he should approach the person and rebuke him himself. Rabbi Ginsburg discusses the proper way to give tochacha (rebuke), as constructive criticism, gently and respectfully.

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Lashon Hara L’Toeles: Staying Away From Bad Influences

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This video is class 27 of 46 in the series Chofetz Chaim Laws of Proper Speech.

In this shiur (Torah class) on the laws of proper speech, Rabbi Beinish Ginsburg begins a discussion of when one may speak lashon hara in order to warn others not to imitate bad behavior. If one sees another doing an aveira (transgressing a Torah law) on purpose multiple times, he may point it out to others in order to prevent them from copying this behavior. However, this may be done only if those hearing the lashon hara will not fully accept it, but rather view it as a cautionary warning. People who did not receive a Jewish education and therefore are unaware of Torah law may not be spoken about.

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Bein Adam L’Chavero

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This video is class 30 of 46 in the series Chofetz Chaim Laws of Proper Speech.

In this Torah shiur (class) on the laws of proper speech, Rabbi Beinish Ginsburg teaches the beginning of Klal 5 of Sefer Chofetz Chaim. The Chofetz Chaim discusses talking about someone’s character traits and weaknesses, such as wisdom, strength, and wealth. Specifically, Rabbi Ginsburg focuses on the trap of criticizing Rabbonim as not intelligent or diplomatic enough, and talks about how we must be careful to only speak positively about our leaders.