Everyone knows the story that Miriam was afflicted with tzaraas (often improperly translated as leprosy) for criticizing Moshe to Aaron for how she perceived Moshe was treating his wife Tziporah. (Numbers 12:1). This is the classic proof text against lashon harah—slanderous speech. God is quite upset at their arrogant assumption that they know better than Moshe or that Moshe was acting independently of God’s will. What we gloss over in the story is that before God criticizes or punishes Miriam and Aaron for their behavior, God calls Miriam and Aaron aside to speak with them privately. (Numbers 12:5). From this we learn the importance of avoiding embarrassing someone by criticizing them in public. When we have a criticism of another person, we show them respect and discuss the subject outside the presence of others.
This Shabbat we learn with Rabbi Rachel Shere. 10:00 a.m. in the Adat Shalom Synagogue Youth Lounge. Come and be a part of it.