A rosh kollel recently went to Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman with questions based on recent events with ministry inspectors chasing down kollelim and harassing them with visits and new rules.
The rosh kollel said that his avreichim are very worried and want to know in what area and realm they can or should strengthen themselves in order to have the decree pass.
Rav Shteinman said they should strengthen themselves in three realms:
– bein adam l’chaveiro
– lashon hara – and this, Rav Shteinman said, should be the primary focus.
Rav Shteinman said that lashon hara is the only sin that causes tzoraas, and today we have destitution, poverty, instead of tzoraas. He added that the frum community suffers from terrible poverty and it is because of speaking lashon hara.