Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Defiling the Mouth in Halacha


This is the 2nd installment in a series about improving our speech, l'ilui nishmat Saul Bruckner, a'h

The following is taken from http://www.frumtoronto.com/Blogger.asp?BlogCategoryID=96&ShowEntryID=5982

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Halacha For Today:
Tuesday, 1st Day Rosh Chodesh Elul 5771
August 30, 2011
1) It is forbidden to [unnecessarily] talk about impure things and actions or use words that refer to impure actions. (See Sefer Chareidim Perek 24:49)This is referred to as "Nivul Peh, defiling the mouth".Besides for the fact that such speech will lead to impure thoughts, such [unnecessary] speech in its own right is a sin, as the Torah (Devarim 23:15) says "V’Lo Yir’eh Becha Ervas Davar, and you shall not see anything revealed". The word "Davar" also means "word" and Chazal learn from this that a word (i.e. speaking) regarding Ervah is also forbidden. (See Talmud Yerushalmi Terumos Perek 1:6. See also Chareidim ibid., Mesilas Yesharim Perek 11 and Midrash Raba Vayikrah Perek 24:6)

Please feel free to contact me with any questions and I can try to answer/clarify them as best as I can. If not I can attempt to refer you to an authority who can. Part 2 of this subsection coming tomorrow, G-d willing.

Thank you for reading,
Esther Asna

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