Traces of prohibition

23 Ador Rishon 5776

A rov once visited the Chavos Daas (if I remember correctly) to discuss some matter with him. As the Chavos Daas was giving his regular shiur his Rebbetzin offered her illustrious guest a chair to sit on while he waited. Brushing off the dust on the chair the Rov remarked “Avak Ribis”. He was referring to the widely circulated rumour that in amassing his considerable wealth, the Chavos Daas did not follow closely the fine details of the prohibition against ribis (interest) in his business activities. The Rebbetzin rejoined,” No, my friend, not avak ribis but avak loshon horo” (reprimanding her guest for not carefully observing the prohibitions against accepting gossip and slander).

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