Thus far we have focused on the statements which are derogatory in nature. The second category of loshon hara involves statements that could potentially cause harm to a person, be it physical, emotional or financial.

The Talmud teaches that gramma b’nizakin assur, it is forbidden to cause a person damage indirectly. Thus, any form of speech, even if not derogatory, but which may cause harm to someone, constitutes loshon hara and is forbidden.

Sefer Chofetz Chaim, 18 Tishrei, page 84


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