Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Mitzvos Relating to Our Fellow Man

38: Giving Rebuke

"You shall surely rebuke your friend." (Vayikra 19:17)

If you see someone doing something wrong, it is a mitzvah to explain, in a gentle manner, how he is hurting himself. Keep in mind that your rebuke should not inflict pain and should not be delivered out of hurt feelings. Rather, you are trying to help the other person in order for him to gain more reward in Olam HaBa (Rambam, Hilchos Dei'os 6:7).

The Gemara (Bava Metzia 31a) teaches that one should first improve himself and then teach others. Rashi notes that one who shames a sinner when it is not called for is himself commiting a sin. On the other hand, the Gemara (Shabbos 55a) teaches that one who is able to protest but fails to do so is consedered guilty for condoning the sin.


Text Copyright © 2007 by Rabbi Moshe Goldberger and Torah.org.


 

ARTICLES ON NASO:

View Complete List

Individuality in the Context of a Whole
Rabbi Yosef Kalatzky - 5763

Not the Same Thing
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5763

Out Of Control
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5770

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Seeing the Big Picture
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5774

Nicknames for the Torah
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5760

Speak It Out
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5769

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Levi-like Actions
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5772

Shalom Bayis
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5769

…So We Are Blessed!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

ArtScroll

Domestic Harmony and National Peace
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5755

To Drink or Not to Drink?
Shlomo Katz - 5760

Play It Again, Schloomiel
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5756

> Guaranteed Investments
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5771

In the Wilderness
Shlomo Katz - 5768

The Connection Between The Chapters of Sotah and Nazir
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5770

Be Committed
Shlomo Katz - 5773



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information