Loshon Horah

David Merling (rabbi@montreal.com)
Tue, 19 Nov 96 15:09:46 -0500

Why was Yitzchak's telling Esav that "your brother has come with cunning and
taken your blessing" (Beraishis 27:35) not Loshon Horah, or more accurately,
rechilus. Rechilus is the recounting of even true information, if it will
cause animosity between people. Needless to say this information that
shared with Esav created animosity - "And Esav said to himself, when my
dies I will kill my brother Yakov" (27:41), and led the way to esav
to kill Yakov more than once (through Elifaz and later in the beginning of

One really has to wonder why - even without the prohibitions of slander - did
Yitzchok feel that it was important to tell this to Esav. If we can discover
that, we may find that that consideration outweighed the prohibitions of
Lashon Horah and Rechilus.

Any suggestions?

Another Loshon Horah question: The Chofetz Chaim writes that publicly
someone is Avak Loshon Horah because it may lead the listeners to say "Oh
well he also...." Why does almost every Rabbi, relative, or other public
speaker praise the honoree at Brisim, Bar Mitzvahs, fund raising dinners,
I think that we can safely say that the concerns of the Chofetz Chaim are
definitely well founded! We may not all vocalize it, but I believe most of
us think about the praises being bestowed on the fellow, and the reality as
we perceive it!