I must say that I was not sure if there would be much response to my anti-Loshon-Hara drive, and I was scared to look at my stats to see how many people downloaded Rav Kessin’s shiur. I was truly impressed at the amount of response that it actually got. If you haven’t yet heard it, please see the previous posts.
In any event, I wanted to share something with you, that perhaps will also give chizzuk, perhaps in a slightly different way. A while ago, the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation asked me to put together a song on the concept of Shmiras Halashon, and Hashem gave me the gift of a beautiful niggun. The words are an abbreviated version of the tefillah of the Chofetz Chaim asking Hashem to help us guard our tongues.
The words are as follows:
ריבונו של עולם, יהי רצון מלפניך קל רחום וחנון שתזכני היום ובכל יום לשמור פי ולשוני מלשון הרע ורכילות, ויהיו כל מעשי ודיבורי לשם שמים
Master of the world, may it be Your will Merciful and Compassionate God that You give me the merit today, and every day, to guard my mouth and tongue from speaking negative speech and slander. And may all my actions and words be for the sake of heaven.
I hope you will learn this song, allow yourself to hum it or sing it, and maybe teach it to someone as you change the topic from whatever negative speech may have been spoken, or even tell them they can download it right here.
Click here to download Ribono, courtesy of the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation.
If you are keeping the second Sefirah, here is an a capella version of the song.
You can right click and choose download to get it onto your computer.
This song also appeared recently, most beautifully done, on an album by Shea Rubenstein.