Is it considered lashon hara if you write negative things about a person in a personal diary that no one will read, but is written as a way of catharsis and communicating ones stress and frustration that one feels toward another person.
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No, lashon hara is conveying negative things to another person. Writing a diary which helps one deal with their feelings without communicating it to another person may in fact be a valuable tool in avoiding speaking lashon hara. This is all assuming no one else has access to the diary other than yourself.

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One Response to “Lashon Hara in Diary”

  1. Many diaries have been found after their writer’s demise. Why don’t we need to be concerned that ultimately practically any diary will be seen by other people?

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