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The Beep-o-matic word watch doesn't exist, but wouldn't it be cool if it did? Since it doesn't, we have to be careful to control our own speech. Here are some ways that you can easily avoid loshon hara:

  1. When you have the urge to speak negatively about someone, think about how you would feel if someone said the same thing about your brother or sister.
  2. If you find yourself often wanting to speak loshon hara about a specific person, find ways to become closer to them and increase your love of a fellow Jew.
  3. Try to talk more about ideas, events and ways to improve the world and less about other people.
  4. Make it a point to judge others favorably. Once you realize that there may be a justification for what you are seeing, you will no longer have the need to talk about that behavior to others.
  5. Tell your friends that you are trying to work on hearing less loshon hara and ask them to help you with that.
  6. When loshon hara is being spoken in your presence, quickly change the subject and get the speakers interested in another topic.
  7. Learn the laws of shmiras halashon on a regular basis. This will help raise awareness and encourage you to think before speaking. That includes watching Power of Speech over and over 😊

The middah of shmiras halashon isn’t an easy one and it takes constant practice, but it’s worth the effort!