1 . Our Sages
teach us that G-d abhors four categories cpersons to such an extent,
that they are excluded from entering Gan Eden (they will not enjoy
the Divine Splendor): the scorners, the Flatterers the liars and
2. To make
obscene remarks is a very serious sin and is very severely punished,
as it is said: "He who uses licentious language will be thrown
into the deepest Gehinom..." and sixty years of happiness which
would have been granted to him by Divine decree will turn into a
long period of misfortunes."' It is also prohibited to listen
to vulgar talk.
3. To show
a person more affection than one sincerely feels towards him is
sinful hypocrisy. Even more sinful is praising a Rasha (a person
who transgresses the Commandments) out of personal interest. Praise
of such a person condones his irreligious conduct. He who praises
a Rasha becomes jointly responsible for his sins.
1. Talmud Yerushalmi, Teruma 1,4
remarks are with the endorsement of the (former) Hahambashi, HaRav
Raphael E. Saban zt"l and the endorsement of the Beit Din of
Turkey. These are based on the Sephardic tradition from Turkey,
handed down to us from Castile, Spain.