Mishmeres HaSholom: Ask the Rav

Q: Recently, I shared an episode from my childhood with my husband. I told him that as a youngster I was sent to the grocery and that because of my young age, the salesperson sold me goods that were of slightly inferior quality. Though I didn’t mention the grocer’s name, my husband figured out who it had been. The grocer is no longer alive, but I want to know how to rectify the lashon hara I spoke.

A: It is indeed fitting that you try to correct your husband’s negative impression of the late grocer. At some opportunity, tell him that you may have misunderstood the whole incident, and that if you were sold seconds the grocer probably charged you less for them. Otherwise, your parents would have gone back to complain to him.


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