What do you say about speaking loshon horah against goyim?
It says in the Torah, לא תלך רכיל בעמך – You should not be a tale bearer among your own nation. So it means that this especial din is only about amecha, it’s only for your people.
We have to know, in general, however, that bad character is expressed no matter who you’re speaking about. Not only about goyim – even if you’ll speak loshon hara about a tree it’s also bad character. But there’s no sin.
I explained this once before. The Chovos Halevavos tells a story of a chossid, a pious man, who was walking with his student and they came across a dead cow that was lying on the road. So the student said, “Oh! How foul is the odor of this carcass!”
So the pious man said, “Why don’t you say instead, ‘How white are her teeth?’”
Which means, there is no din of loshon horah about a dead cow, but there is such a din of trying to perfect your character. And people who get into the habit of disparaging, of knocking others down, are really ruining their own character. So if you’ll be mean to gentiles, you’re becoming mean! So it’s common sense that you shouldn’t be mean and you shouldn’t talk against anybody.
But an especial lav from the Torah, that’s an especial din that’s reserved only for amecha, for your own people. Look, even goyim don’t have a lav that they can’t speak loshon hara against their fellow goyim, so why should we have such a lav?
So we use common sense. And common sense says, don’t speak against people when it’s not necessary; when it’s not right, it only ruins one’s character and therefore we don’t speak against them. But a lav of the Torah is only for amecha. Now, I hope I made that clear.
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