If you say that the chazzan can't learn, and the rabbi can't sing, then you're speaking lashon hora.What a powerful lesson!
But if you say that the chazzan can't sing, and the rabbi can't learn...then you are committing murder.
- Reb Yisroel Lipkin of Salant
When we denigrate someone in general, that person may or may not be able to just shrug it off. But if we attack what characterizes them, what they put their efforts into and the strengths they pride themselves in having, we're engaging in utter cruelty.
Validating others is so important, especially when it comes to acknowledging their abilities in their chosen field...
* inspired by a post on Neil Harris' blog