The parsha of the week is Metzorah which speaks about the affliction that one receives for speaking lashon hora.
Israel National News has a heartwarming article titled Yoav Fogel: A Once in a Lifetime Boy.
“He had an average of 100 in all the subjects and after winning first place twice in a row in the school contest he decided not to participate anymore, saying that other children should have the opportunity to participate and win.”
Rabbi Amos Cohen, Yoav’s teacher this year in the fifth grade, said: “Yoav loved to study Torah, prayed with devotion, avoided defamatory speech, and almost never had a quarrel with anyone in the class.
“He really took care to not speak libel. When he heard his friends gossiping he would quickly put two hands over his ears,” said Yoav’s aunt Neta.“
And speaking about what shouldn't go out of your mouth, here's something that can go into your mouth.
In New York, even rabbis get endorsement deals.
When he's not leading Kehilat Rayin Ahuvim, a modern orthodox congregation on the Upper West Side, Rabbi Adam Mintz lends his name and likeness to "Rabbi Mints," the world's first classic kosher mint.
"It's a mitzvah for your mouth," the rabbi said, of the Altoid-style confections now being sold for $2.50 in tins bearing his image...
There's nothing in bad taste about a rabbi endorsing a product that ends bad breath, Mintz said.
"Part of my job as a rabbi is to provide service to the community - and helping to provide a kosher product that does not exist is such a service," he said, noting that a portion of the profits go to charity.
Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/rabbi_kosher_mints_mitzah_for_your_o5s2lpEimkM3xCIsEdm6hK#ixzz1IcxdF3VS
In the video below, the rabbi discusses the reward one achieves for rejecting lashon hora. Unfortunately, Yoav Fogel is no longer able to fulfill the mitzvah of not speaking lashon hora. Let us try to emulate Yoav's deeds and may it be a zechut for the aliya of his neshama.