Curse

Question

If a purson cursed another person, saying something like “I hope you die,” do they have to undo those words through any proceedure?

15 years

Answers

  1. It is a Torah prohibition to curse a fellow Jew. The root of this prohibition is to avoid causing injury with the power G-d put into our mouths. Even though we have no ability to know exactly how a curse will effect the other person (or how much power we personally have to utter a curse) nevertheless even a simple person might be able to bring suffering and pain through a curse.

    If a curse was uttered there isn’t some kind of an elaborate “ceremony” for one to perform to undo the words said. The only thing that one must do is perhaps the hardest thing for anyone to do and that is to approach the person and apologize for having said what was said. The hope is that the “cursee” will forgive the “curser” and any damage will have been contained and dealt with.

    In general, we all have to learn that G-d created us with a very powerful mouth that has great effect. When we use our mouths for good, to pray, to learn Torah, or to cheer someone up, we bring great spiritual illumination to the world. However, when we use our mouths to gossip, dispute, insult, or curse, then we spread great spiritual pollution in the world.

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