Matters of Taste

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It would seem that there is nothing derogatory about a statement of taste. To say, “I don’t like dry wine,” is a description of the speaker’s preferences and not critical evaluation of the wine.

Ostensibly, then, one should be allowed to say that he does not like the oratory style of a given lecturer. In fact however, such statements are generally prohibited, for they imply that he speaker lacks effectiveness.

Sefer Chofetz Chaim, 7 Tishrei, page 62

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