Recently, I was the victim of Lashon Hara (aka slander or gossip), perpetrated by people very close to me. It is all still so fresh that the hurt and betrayal makes my heart ache.
The root of the Lashon Hara was about a blog post I had written. The post was about me and not them. (Let’s face it, when a blogger blogs a blog, more often than not they’re going to be discussing their favorite subject: themselves). Somehow the blog post I wrote about my anxieties leading into Thanksgiving was misinterpreted as an attack against an untouchably sacred family event. Instead of calling me to discuss the matter, it was discussed with everyone but me. One of the excuses for them believing it was OK to discuss the matter with others is that as a blogger of Lashon Hara, I had it coming. Could they be right? When I blog about my personal feelings, experiences, and beliefs, and these involve other people, is that a form of Lashon Hara?