Loshon Hara

Rabbi Elazar ben Parta taught: Look how bad lashon hara is: the Biblical story of the meraglim (spies) teaches that they said derogatory things about the trees and stones of the land of Israel, and the spies were punished. The person who speaks derogatorily about a person will be punished even more.

- Talmud Arachin 15a

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