Green Speech # 10 -
“Whoever speaks Loshon hora raises sins (not our learning of Torah and our davening -prayer) to the Heavens,” should be taken literally says the Chofetz Chaim (Arachin 15b),
Loshon Hara corrupts our faculty of Speech and prevents our Torah and tefillah (prayer) from ascending Heavenward.
The Chofetz Chaim envisions the sacred words that pour forth from a mouth corrupted by Loshon hora.
He sees them heading upward toward our “Heavenly bank accounts,” but never quite getting there. We believe we have accomplished something spiritually, but that’s not what happened.
The Chofetz Chaim says, “All the words of Torah and tefillah are hanging somewhere between heaven and earth, suspended in the air.”
He concludes: if our Torah and tefillah are not being credited to us, then, “From where will we acquire the necessary merit to bring Mashiach and the Final Redemption?”