I posted this to the Ramat Beit Shemesh email groups last night. Just sharing...
At the merkaz RBS, I occasionally overhear things.
Today, I overheard a gentleman expressing his frustration. I believe the situation was a mechanical automotive issue.
The gentleman was proclaiming, amongst other things, that "This country should be shot! This country is so tough, etc"
I am sure this gentleman was having a very difficult day, and I'm sure there is some context for his comment that means it was not as it sounded (for example, he meant Israel needs an MMR vaccination, and the ground is very firm for digging, or something similar).
Recently I overheard in one of our supermarkets various comments that back 'home' in the USA, they would NEVER have ___ (long lines, pidgeons overhead, chicken with feathers - fill in the blank).
Gentle reader, this is just an aseres yimai tshuva reminder that not only does the concept of lashon hara apply to eretz yisroel and am yisroel, but it's a really really big baddie of an issur. It is also painful for those who work hard to make this country a wonderful place to live.
Remember that big old fast day a couple months back? Yeah, that was for lashon hara about eretz yisroel too!
As we go to our final judging, let us try to be careful of how we react to set-backs and challenges in this wonderful land Hashem gave to our forefathers. Gmar chasima tova!