Speaking Truth About Those In the World Of Truth

For S.B. Several years ago, we cited a favorite passage of my father from Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky’s אמת ליעקב, asserting that there is no prohibition of לשון הרע on the dead, and even הוצאת שם רע is only forbidden by Rabbinic institution, and not Biblically prohibited: [באמת] לשון הרע אינו אלא על החיים, ועל מתים […]

Character Assassination

Rav Yitzchok Zilberstein relates the tale of one who publicly slandered a Sofer Stam, with the immediate consequence of the complete cessation of the Sofer’s custom. The slander was utterly false, and the Sofer, responsible for a large family, was left with no livelihood. The slanderer consulted R. Zilberstein on the appropriate amends, “but I […]