The Talmud [Tractate Eruchin 16] states that the
Meil worn by Kohanim in the Bais Hamikdosh atoned for the sin of Loshon Hora
(derogatory speech), Let something which gives out sound (the Meil had
bells) atone for improper speech
Why? What is the lesson one can learn from the
Meil which can counteract the tendency to speak derogatorily about others? asked
He answered that Loshon Hora (and for that
matter discord and complaints that people have against each other) very often is baseless.
It is rooted in a distorted interpretation or even a distorted view of the other
mans actions. There is no attempt to delve deeper, to understand the reason behind
the act, to understand the act itself in its total context. There is no attempt to see the
inner good in people, no attempt to judge them favorably, to honor and respect them.
Getting a total picture and a deeper view might very well yield totally different and more
Les dyoda lishno bishoh khomon
say chazal. No one spoke about others so unfavorably as Homon spoke of Klal
Yisroel: Look at the Jews he said, They never work! Today they tell you
its their Sabbath-tomorrow its their Holiday. Every day there is another
excuse to get out of working complained Homon to King Achashveirosh.
Was there really grounds for complaint, asked Rav
Schneur? On the contrary. If we study Hamans words we will see how in reality he
said shiroh, - a song of praise about Klal Yisroel. Our adherence to Shabbosos and
Yomim Tovim are our praise! They show our devotion to Hashem and his Torah. Why then is it
called Loshon Hora? The answer is as above - on the contrary - that is exactly why chazal call Homon a Baal Loshon
Hora. He took what was beautiful and praiseworthy- looked at it from a hating,
distorted and superficial viewpoint and turned Gold into dross!.
The antidote to that--the refuah is
Meil. The Meil was made of Tcheiles. Tcheiles domeh
lyam-Tcheiles is a color similar to that of the ocean. The ocean is similar to the
heavens. The heavens have a color similar to the vision seen by the Nvi'im (prophets) of
the Kesei Hakovod-Hashems throne which hovers, so to speak, way above the
universe. And we are expected to make the connection and remember the Kisei Hakovod
before we speak about others.
With a Kisei Hakovod view, one
sees the entire universe at one time, past present and future. When applied to people and
events this means getting the whole picture, looking below the surface, judging favorably,
seeing qualities and value in people not readily apparent. It can mean seeing their point
of view. Then what appears to you to be a cause for complaint and for Loshon Horah-may
very well not be that at all. On the contrary, it just may be deserving of Shiroh,
Rav Schneur's son in law, Rav Dovid Schustal shlita,
remembers the scene that last Shabbos very well: Rav Schneur zt'l was sitting in a
chair, racked with pain; pitifully weak. So weak in fact that he could hardly think, let
alone talk. But he forced himself to speak, word slowly after word, till he finished the
A Tzavooh - a spiritual will to his
children; to his talmidim; to his Kehillah; to Klal Yisroel - A Tzavooh Ldoros!
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