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Ya'akov Don ben Esther Ahuvah Sharona
Avraham Yishayahu ben Aviva
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Monday, April 30, 2007

Shmiras HaLashon ט"ז טבת - Teves 16 - One-Hundred-and-Sixth Day

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In addition [to that which was mentioned previously concerning the lengthening of one’s life, we learn that in order to help avoid diminishing from one’s lifespan, the] person should also see to it that he does not accept an appointment [to a position of leadership], unless it’s for the sake of a mitzvah, for he is liable to stumble in the sin of Lashon HaRa as a result of this [appointment], and, [as a result of this], the [following] saying of our Sages of Blessed Memory will apply to him: “Be dark and live”[1]. In general, a person who wishes to achieve perfection in his actions should limit his social interaction to the best of his ability. Even if [the person] is a businessman, who at times needs to associate with indecent people [in order] to engage in business with them, nevertheless, he should distance himself from [these types of people], as long as there is not a great need to involve himself with them.

[1] RaSh”I explains the above teaching to mean that one should reject positions of leadership and will thereby avoid the related dangers that may threaten to shorten one’s lifespan. The Chofetz Chaim notes that the lurking danger of such a position refers to involvement in Lashon HaRa, which can lead to a shortened lifespan, chas v’shalom. The person’s assuming a state of being “dark” would indicate that he hides himself from such positions of leadership.