Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The roots of slander


"Common slander has its roots in two things:

"(1) in the inability to exercise some activity/hobby - apart from earning one's living - which is pure and disinterested and compatible with human dignity; and in the boredom which is the consequence of that inability;

"(2) in that base mentality which tries to aggrandize itself by belittling a fellow-man and rejoices in denouncing those of his weaknesses and faults which one does not possess oneself."

(R' Samson Raphael Hirsch, Horeb paragraph 391)

Have a great day,

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