From a small wooden house in a small Eastern European village came a sefer so huge, so holy, and so amazingly relevant to every single person that it changed the lives of generations of Jews, including our own: The way we think, the way we behave — and, most of all, the way we speak.
That sefer, of course, is Sefer Chofetz Chaim.
One of the most influential sefarim of the modern era, Rav Yisrael Meir Kagan’s Sefer Chofetz Chaim was the foundation of the “shemiras ha’lashon revolution.” Tens of thousands now follow the counsel of Rav Yehudah Zev Segal, the Manchester Rosh Yeshivah, to learn two halachos daily from the sefer, improving their lives and relationships immeasurably, and often seeing extraordinary yeshuos in many different aspects of their lives.
Many guidebooks based on the Chofetz Chaim are available, but now we can gain a new understanding of the depth and richness of the original Sefer Chofetz Chaim in the new elucidated and annotated edition published by ArtScroll in conjunction with the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation.
This masterful work is a game-changer, a life-changer! The product of thousands of hours of research and writing by a dedicated and talented team, it follows the ultra-successful format of ArtScroll’s Schottenstein Edition Talmud and other Torah classics, with a flowing phrase-by-phrase translation and elucidation, introductions to each new topic, and in-depth notes that add important information and background.
Another fantastic feature is the “Scenarios” that show the real-life application of the halachah, helping the reader apply each halachah to daily life. We read the Chofetz Chaim’s words, and then we see how they might play out in our contemporary world. You discover your co-worker has a gambling addiction — how should you deal with that? Someone asks you for shidduch information — are you allowed to provide negative information? You told a neighbor something that reflects badly on another person, and now you regret it — how should you make up for what you did? These are just a few of the realistic scenarios that accompany the halachos. And for the convenience of those following the “Shemiras Halashon Yomi” program, each halachah includes the relevant dates for learning.
We all want to improve our lives through shemiras halashon. The elucidated Sefer Chofetz Chaim is an important new tool to help us be successful.