The Shelah refers to tochachah as “a very great mitzvah.” However, the sources for mitzvas tochachah are quite spread out and therefore not easily accessible. In this chapter, we provide background to understand the kiruv applications of the mitzvah of tochachah.
Tochachah: It’s All About Caring
It is not good enough to be a “tzaddik” — doing everything right, but unconcerned about one’s neighbor’s well-being. Regarding the mitzvah of tochachah, the Rambam writes that someone who has the attitude that his neighbor’s transgressions are none of his business is thinking and acting contrary to the dictates of the Torah. Additionally, the idea that one is not worthy to reprove others is not legitimate logic to overrule the deep responsibility that each Jew must have for another.
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