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How to Stop Lashon Harah

How to Stop Lashon Harah

The bulk of this week’s parsha, Metzorah, deals with the various physical afflictions and the process of restoration for anyone who habitually engages in lashon harah – evil speech. In the Mishnah Torah, Rambam tells us that lashon harah is a great sin which ends up destroying three people: the speaker, the one spoken about, and the listener. But the listener, teaches Rambam, is harmed even more than the speaker. What does the Rambam mean?

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Shabbat Rosh Chodesh and 10th Grade Trip to Israel

Shabbat Rosh Chodesh and 10th Grade Trip to Israel

This Shabbat in addition to reading this week’s parsha, Tazria, we read the special parsha known as Ha’Chodesh. It begins by instructing B’nai Yisrael to designate the month of Nisan as the first month in the monthly cycle of the year. Parshat Ha’Chodesh continues with all the specific regulations involved with the Pesach sacrifice and the very first seder held in Egypt. However, this Shabbat also happens to be Rosh Chodesh Nisan. These two special days, Shabbat and Rosh Chodesh, bring together an important confluence of ideas.

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