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The Laws #57

Being Mechanech Children

If little children are telling over stories, they’re speaking lashon hara, explains the Chafetz Chaim, even though it could be that they’re not over any real issurim, they’re ketanim, they’re not old enough, the Chafetz Chaim explains that a father, a mother, anyone responsible for their chinuch, for their education, should be very diligent and very vigilant in making sure to teach these children not to do it.

Explains the Chafetz Chaim, the biggest reason we speak lashon hara is because from the time we’re children we’re accustomed to tell events and stories. This is what So-and-So did, this is what happened to him, this is what occurred. Because from youth we’re accustomed to speaking, when we get older and more mature it becomes very difficult to learn to guard our tongue. And therefore, explains the Chafetz Chaim, one should be very vigilant and very diligent to make sure that his children or children in his charge don’t speak lashon hara. In a very nice, very kind way, a person has to be careful to educate them and let them know that it’s forbidden to speak lashon hara, there are issurim involved, and to teach a child from a young age not to speak lashon hara.

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