Shuvu Banim Doesn’t Want the ‘Mitzva’ of Lashon Hara
Translated from Sichot HaRav, a collection of some of the conversations of Rabbi Eliezer Berland, shlita.
There is a mitzvah to speak lashon hara (evil speech), to talk about this one, and to talk about that one, and to accuse this one.
I don’t want these types of mitzvoth.
It’s written in Likutey Tefilot (134), I don’t seek out these types of mitzvoth. If you would tell me that I’ll get olam haba (the world to come) if I talk about someone, I don’t want this sort of mitzvoth. This type of mitzvah, I don’t want.
It’s a mitzvah to talk about this one, and to slander that one – it’s a very important mitzvah!
But Shuvu Banim can’t fulfill every mitzvah.
It’s hard. Rabbi Natan said: “Have mercy on my soul, and guard me, that I don’t make myself err, to say that it’s a mitzvah to talk about these people.”
It’s a mitzvah to talk about this one, it’s a mitzvah to talk about that one. It’s terribly important to talk about this person!
But, I can’t fulfill the whole Torah, I’m a weak person, I can only observe the mitzvoth to speak about good things, and to say words of encouragement. I can’t speak words of obloquy, I don’t have the strength, I’m a weak person.
I don’t want to do these types of mitzvot.
But it’s a very important mitzvah!! You will get olam haba!! You will get an infinite Gan Eden!!!
I’m giving up on Gan Eden. I don’t want this sort of ‘Gan Eden’. I want to have Gan Eden here [in this world].
I’m not interested in seeking out these sorts of mitzvoth – not them, and not their rewards. The ‘enormous’ reward you’ll get, for talking about someone, the truck that will show up with so very much reward for you. There’ll be a fleet of trucks, bringing all the reward.
But I don’t have anywhere to put all that reward.
Shuvu Banim is full of weak people. Not these mitzvoth, and not their rewards. There are mitzvoth that Shuvu Banim just doesn’t do them – the mitzvah to speak lashon hara and to slander someone else.
I’m not interested in seeking these out, says Rabbi Natan. I don’t want these types of ‘mitzvot’. Not them, and not their reward.
“Have mercy on my soul, and guard my neshama.”