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Chofetz Chaim

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The Sefer Chafetz Chaim (or Chofetz Chaim or Hafetz Hayim) (חָפֵץ חַיִּים, trans. "Pursuer of Life") is a book by Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan, who is also called "the Chofetz Chaim" after it. The book deals with the Jewish laws of speech. The Sefer The title of the Chafetz Chaim is taken from Psalms: The book's subject is Hilchoth Shmirath HaLashon (laws of clean speech). Kagan provides copious sources from the Torah, Talmud, and Rishonim about the severity of Jewish law on tale-mongering and gossip. Lashon hara, literally "'the evil tongue", i.e., evil speech (or loosely gossip and slander and prohibitions of defamation), is sometimes translated as "prohibitions of slander", but most commonly concerns the prohibitions of saying evil/bad/unpleasant things, whether or not they are true. The book is divided into three parts:
  • The legal text is Mekor Chayim ("Source of Life").
  • Be'er Mayim Chayim ("Well of living water"), the footnotes and legal argument.
  • It is commonl
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