Rishon L’Tzion Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef Shlita during his weekly motzei Shabbos shiur spoke of kovod for talmidei chachamim. He shared with the tzibur that a man approached him, explaining persons in Bnei Brak had paid him a sum of money to write against the Rav.
The Rav spoke of the severity of insulting a talmid chacham. Rav Yosef explains this person asked mechila for writing against him on the internet, adding “so and so paid me to do so, to write against you, and I am asking mechila”.
The rav explained his response. “I told him that in line with halacha, I should give you ‘nidui’ (a Cheirim) for insulting a talmid chacham and you did this publicly! Then you come and seek mechila? What kind of mechila is this? A talmid chacham does not have to be so forgiving, immediately. Let him come [and ask mechila] a number of times. Let him bow down and cry and after all this, perhaps I will be moichel him”.
The rav lamented the situation today in which one is willing to write insultingly against a talmid chacham for money, and then simply come and seek forgiveness.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)