Hilchos Lashon Hara, Opening – positive commands (6)

If a person sits with a group of wicked people who habitually speak lashon hara, he transgresses the positive command (Deuteronomy 10:20), “You shall cleave to Him,” which commands us to cleave to Torah scholars, to eat and drink with Torah scholars, and to do business with them in order to learn from their deeds. If someone cleaves to a group of wicked people, he certainly transgresses this positive command.