Who Was the Chofetz Chayyim?
This influential 20th-century Jewish figure established his reputation first and foremost as an opponent of lashon hara, evil speech.
Quiz: Jewish Ethics
Jewish Speech. Themes and Theology of Jewish Speech. Jewish Speaking
Confrontational Speech: The Requirement to Rebuke
The Bible would have us offer reproof to others when we ourselves have been wronged; the ancient rabbis encouraged wider use of this sort of speech.
Types of Speech
Types of Jewish Speech. Themes and Theology of Jewish Speech. Jewish Speaking.
Jewish law's response to slander over the ages moved from strong disapproval to imposing real communal consequences.
Truth and Lies in the Jewish Tradition
Jewish moralist literature sets a high standard of truthtelling, but one not without exceptions.
Comparing Vows and Oaths in Judaism
The act of speaking an oath or a vow aloud gives it binding force in traditional Jewish law.
Gossip, Rumors and Lashon Hara (Evil Speech)
Every kind of trafficking in evil report or rumors—whether true or not—by carrying them from one person to another, or by relating unpleasant or harmful facts about another, is forbidden.