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Lashon hara

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Lashon hara, or loshon hora, or other similar variations (the evil tongue in Hebrew) denotes gossip and defamation. Unlike defamation in American and English law, however, truth is not a defense to the sin of lashon hara.

The main prohibition against Lashon Hara is mentioned in Leviticus 19:16 [1] (http://bible.ort.org/books/pentd2.asp?ACTION=displaypage&BOOK=3&CHAPTER=19) : "Do not go as a gossiper amongst your people".

The definitive work on Lashon Hara is the book Chafetz Chayim by Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan (1873). Chafetz Chaim lists 31 speech-related mitzvot mentioned in the Torah.

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