Monday, October 25, 2010
Over the past couple of weeks I have come in contact with, via the internet, painful and deeply disturbing gossip about an organization and people that I care deeply about. In Judaism gossip is referred to as lashon hara, and is considered to be a major offense. I confess, there have been times when I have gladly and eagerly partaken in tearing down another person through malicious gossip, afterwards feeling my heart and mind stained by the power and sheer ugliness of the harmful words that I have spoken. Not only do I feel dirty after having spoken lashon hara, I feel the same way after listening to it or reading it. Having witnessed the ways in which gossip has ravaged and divided a once loving community that I was and still am a part of, I feel that I must make a concerted effort to clean up my own mind and speech. It really is true that gossip reveals more about the inner state of the one speaking it then about the person or group being attacked.