Mishpatim: Chapter 21

"And you shall be men of holiness to Me"


Rabbi Elazar teaches that since Yisrael is called 'holiness' and because they are 'holiness,' no one must call his neighbor a shameful name, nor should he make up a name for him, because there is a great penalty for it. As a result of bad talk, illnesses come into the world. Rabbi Aba says that Yisrael is fortunate, because God did not call them just 'like holiness,' but actual 'holiness.'