If you steal from someone, in order for Yom Kippur to be Michaper you
must pay him back. Lashon Hara is trickier for a few reasons. First
of all, do you really want to face your friend (or not such good
friend) and tell him that you spoke Lashon Hara about him. That is
Secondly, when you steal from someone you may remember.
Can you possibly remember all the Lashon Hara you spoke this year and
who you spoke about. Sadly, probably not. Do your best and pray for
the best. Next year before speaking try to remember the anguish and
helplessness you will feel standing in Shul this Kol Nidrei night.
"Zachor Eis Asher Asa Hashem L'MiriamBaDerechB'TzaischemMiMitzrayim"
The Ramban and other Rishonim count, among the Mitzvos Aseh
Min HaTorah, the mitzva of remembering and saying with your mouth each
day what Hashem did to Miriam when she spoke about her brother Moshe.
The Chofetz Chaim in Shaar TvunahPerek 12 says that being Mikayem
this mitzva can save you from the aveira of Lashon Hara. More than
just saying the pasuk, says the Chofetz Chaim, one must think about the
incident in order for it to have its intended effect.
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