Dear Matzav.com Editor,
Wth much effort expended towards the goal of eradicating lashon hara, the klal has made some strides, but I’ve been witness too much of it lately.
1. At an engagement party, a guest walked over to a friend of mine and said, “I’d never be meshadech with these kind of people…,” and my friend stopped her in her tracks. The person offering the lashon hara walked away shocked.
2. I asked a neighbor if she was going to another neighbor’s child’s wedding and she answered, “They’re such low-lives…”
3. Recently, someone died in an unusual manner, and everyone was whispering that it was suicide, even though I spoke to someone who was the first Hatzolah member on the scene and he tells a totally different story, proving it wasn’t suicide. People are hush-hushing and saying, “Don’t talk about the cause of death. it’s lashon hara,” which in itself is lashon hara.
Why can’t we resist the urge even after learning Sefer Chofetz Chaim, going to shiurim, and reading seforim about it?
Seems like it makes us feel higher to make another person lower.
It’s as irresistable as another cookie, potato chip, piece of gooey cake, or juicy steak to a dieter. We just never get enough.
How much longer?