Quick watch: “Lashon hora,” the evil tongue, has always been a problem, but the Internet and social media potentially increase the speed of gossip exponentially.
In an effort to combat the scourge of gossip, particularly on social media, a Jewish advocacy group produced the video to drive home the speed and danger with which unfounded rumours spread.
The phenomenon is likened to a “weapon of mass destruction.” Watch the video and learn more about the destructive effects “the evil tongue.”
Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers.
If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridles not his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.