It’s 12:00 midnight, and someone is asking you for shidduch information. Or, you’re on a group communication and someone throws you a pointed question involving lashon hara. What do you do? Who can you call?
Everyone knows that Sefer Chafetz Chaim is the go-to sefer when learning through the halachos of shemiras halashon. But when one is put on the spot with the question “I heard she had a broken engagement—what can you tell me about that?”…he needs that exact question answered, on the spot. And while the frum world has been blessed with many books that translate and/or explain Sefer Chafetz Chaim, as of yet there has never been a halachah l’ma’aseh English book where one can actually look up the specifics of the shemiras halashon question he is faced with.
With the release of the groundbreaking new halachah sefer, The Laws of Lashon Hara and Rechilus, now you CAN find the answers to your shemiras halashon questions, when you need them. Compiled entirely from Sefer Chafetz Chaim and contemporary poskim, the book contains hundreds of rulings on modern-day she’eilos that did not exist or were not relevant in the Chafetz Chaim’s times, such as: May a teacher of a class give a run-down of his/her students’ strengths and weaknesses to next year’s teacher? Is one permitted to create a price comparison chart of different Jewish stores in his area and circulate it?
This book has been lauded by many renowned poskim, including Hagaon Harav Shmuel Kamenetsky shlit”a, Hagaon Harav Reuven Feinstein shlit”a, Hagaon Harav Yaakov E. Forchheimer shlit”a, and Hagaon Harav Mechel Steinmetz shlit”a (Skverer Dayan). It has been reviewed from cover to cover by two talmidei chachamim who are experts in the field of shemiras halashon and who possess much practical, hands-on experience in the subject.
In the Hakdamah to Sefer Chafetz Chaim, it is written: The Beis Hamikdash was destroyed because of sinas chinam and lashon hara… As long as we do not correct this sin, how can there be a Geulah?
The Three Weeks is a time when Klal Yisrael as a whole tries to rectify our bein adam l’chaveiro. With The Laws of Lashon Hara and Rechilus, we can all strive to master the laws of forbidden speech in an easy and understandable way.
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