Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Mitzvos Relating to Our Fellow Man

38: Giving Rebuke

"You shall surely rebuke your friend." (Vayikra 19:17)

If you see someone doing something wrong, it is a mitzvah to explain, in a gentle manner, how he is hurting himself. Keep in mind that your rebuke should not inflict pain and should not be delivered out of hurt feelings. Rather, you are trying to help the other person in order for him to gain more reward in Olam HaBa (Rambam, Hilchos Dei'os 6:7).

The Gemara (Bava Metzia 31a) teaches that one should first improve himself and then teach others. Rashi notes that one who shames a sinner when it is not called for is himself commiting a sin. On the other hand, the Gemara (Shabbos 55a) teaches that one who is able to protest but fails to do so is consedered guilty for condoning the sin.


Text Copyright 2007 by Rabbi Moshe Goldberger and Torah.org.


 

ARTICLES ON BAMIDBAR AND SHAVUOS:

View Complete List

Shavuos
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5765

But Who's Counting?
Shlomo Katz - 5772

A Man at 30 Days
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5757

ArtScroll

The Untouchables
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5759

Everyone Counts
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5774

One for All and All for One
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5762

> Love Child
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5756

The Desert and Beyond
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758

Identity Crisis
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5761

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

The Discerning Element Between a Torah Scholar and a Torah Sage
Rabbi Yosef Kalatzky - 5765

The "Two Breads"
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756

Double-Edged Sword
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5758

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Any For Some Desert?
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5775

Everyone Loves a Parade
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5759

Eventually, We Get There!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5765

Civility In Times of Duress
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5756



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information