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22 April 2010 @ 09:41 pm
Question: compliments and mitzvot  
I have a vague idea that I read somewhere something to the effect of, "Someone who pays a compliment performs a mitzvah; someone who passes along a compliment performs two mitzvot (or a greater mitzvah, or something along those lines)".

However, I am not having any luck tracking down a source online (I haven't tried to look it up in a library because I'm at home, it's after 9 p.m., and it just came up a few minutes ago).

Do you have any idea what I'm talking about? Is there such a commentary?
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The Evil Twingrey_evil_twin on May 20th, 2010 05:39 am (UTC)
OK, finally remembered to check with my friend Joseph about this. Here is his reply:

Ah, there is a problem with compliments and mitzvot.
The Chofetz Chayim said in his laws concerning loshen hora (evil
talk), that even complimentary phrases can have an unfortunate effect
of producing either jealousy or resentment, so that one should
restrict oneself to polite language only, never complimenting,
insulting or talking about another fellow human being. Then again,
the Chofetz Chayim was also incredibly humourless ....