Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The 31 Prohibitions and Positive Commandments Relating to Lashon Hara

The following is adapted from pages 13-26 of Guard Your Tongue – A Practical Guide to the Laws of Lashon Hara based on the Chofetz Chaim by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin; Gross Brothers Printing Co., New Jersey - publishers (1975):


1) “You shall not go about as a talebearer among your people” (Vayikra/Leviticus 19:16)
2) “You shall not utter a false report” (Shemos/Exodus 23:1)
3) “Take heed concerning the plague of leprosy” (Devarim/Deuteronomy 24:8)
4) “Before the blind do not put a stumbling-block” (Vayikra/Leviticus 19:14)
5) “Beware lest you forget the Lord, your G-d” (Devarim/Deuteronomy 8:11)
6) “You shall not profane My Holy Name” (Vayikra/Leviticus 22:32)
7) “You shall not hate your brother in your heart” (Vayikra/Leviticus 19:12)
8-9) “You shall not take vengeance nor bear any grudge against the children of your people”
(Vayikra/Leviticus 19:18)
10) “One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity or for any sin”
(Devarim/Deuteronomy 19:15)
11) “You shall not follow a multitude to do evil” (Shemos/Exodus 23:2)
12) “You shall not act similar to Korach and his company” (Bamidbar/Numbers 17:5)
13) “You shall not wrong one another” (Vayikra/Leviticus 25:17)
14) “(You shall rebuke your neighbor) and you shall not bear sin because of him”
(Vayikra/Leviticus 19:17)
15) “Any widow or orphan shall you not afflict” (Shemos/Exodus 22:21)
16) “You shall not pollute the land wherein you are” (Bamidbar/Numbers 35:33)
17) “You shall not curse the deaf” (Vayikra/Leviticus 19:14)


1) “Remember what the Lord your G-d did unto Miriam by the way as you came forth out of Egypt” (Devarim/Deuteronomy 24:9)
2) “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Vayikra/Leviticus 19:18)
3) “In righteousness shall you judge your neighbor” (Vayikra/Leviticus 19:15)
4) “If your brother be waxen poor and his means fail him when he is with you, then you shall uphold him” (Vayikra/Leviticus 25:35)
5) “You shall rebuke your neighbor” (Vayikra/Leviticus 19:17)
6) “To Him shall you cleave” (Devarim/Deuteronomy 10:20)
7) “You shall fear My Sacred Place” (Vayikra/Leviticus 19:30)
8) “Before the gray-haired you shall rise up, and you shall honor the face of the old man”
(Vayikra/Leviticus 19:32)
9) “You shall sanctify Him” (Vayikra/Leviticus 21:8)
10) “Honor your father and mother” (Shemos/Exodus 20:12)
11) “The Lord your G-d shall you fear” (Devarim/Deuteronomy 10:20)
12) “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and you shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up”
(Devarim/Deuteronomy 6:7)
13) “From a false matter you shall keep yourself far” (Shemos/Exodus 23:7)
14) “Walk in His ways” (Devarim/Deuteronomy 28:9

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