Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Halocho #359 - Don't behave like Bilam

In this week's Torah Reading we will read all about Bilam the Wizard's failed attempts to curse the Jews.

It's a Torah prohibition to curse a fellow Jew.

E.g. Saying "Darn him!" is a sin.

Cursing a fellow Jew using any reference to Hashem - in any language - would result in 39 lashes by Bet Din.

E.g. Saying "The Almighty should punish Ploni" is a Torah prohibition for which one deserves 39 lashes by Bet Din.

Using G-d's "real" name in any language (e.g. Gcd, or Hashem as said during prayers) would add a second sin of saying His Name in vain.

Even invoking the loss of a blessing - "The Merciful One shouldn't let Ploni succeed" - is a Torah prohibition.

Source Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 6:3

Be Blessed!

- Danny Tuesday, 8 Tamuz 5769

Please daven for a complete recovery for Tamar bat Naama - תמר בת נעמה

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