Numbers 8:1-12:16: Wounding Words: The Dangers of Gossip Posted: 05/24/2013 10:09 am
As an educator, I am reminded daily of the dangers of gossip. There is a steady stream of young girls and boys who visit my office pleading for help as the victims of the hurtful words of others. Left unchecked by adults, teachers and parents, the perpetrators will continue their verbal assaults, leaving their peers with internal bruises while developing harmful behavioral patterns.
In this week's parashah (Torah portion), we see how serious the issue of gossip is in the Torah.