Friday, September 25, 2009

What’s So Bad About Gossip? A Yom Kippur Primer

I think we all know instinctively how dangerous gossip can be, but as we approach Yom Kippur, during which we recite confessional prayers mentioning this sin again and again, it’s a good time to brush up on what Jewish law has to say. Here is an excellent summary, from Rabbi David Golinkin, the Masorti movement’s chief interpreter of Jewish law (halakha). It’s occasionally technical, but this is one to read (before services, if possible) and save in our files.

Also, to see a nice introduction to the prayers and services of Yom Kippur, click here.

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