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Loshon Harah when it is causing emotional stress

Question:

Hi,
If someone is very bothered about something someone did to them, is it loshon harah if I encourage them to talk about it to get it off their chest so that they don’t take it too hard?
Thanks

 

Answer:

The Chofetz Chaim (Hilchos Lashon Hora 10-14 comment on paragraph “Haprat hachamish” says that if the person needs to express what was done to them, and the reason is only in order to relieve the pain and pressure, that it is permitted because it is included in Lashon Hora l’toeles. It must be noted however that all the other condition of lashon hora l’toeles have to be adhered to.

Best wishes

 

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