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To Tell the Truth...We all bend the truth at times, and -- within limits -- this can be permitted by halacha. But how far can we bend the truth before it becomes falsehood? What level of truth is required by the Torah? What mix of falsehood is permitted, when, and why?
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Kiddush Hashem in Business Transactions
Every business transaction, even a simple purchase in a store, is an opportunity for kiddush Hashem.
Sources: Devarim Raba Parsha 3
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Being Honest with Yourself
To ensure your personal honesty and integrity, find a kosher accountant and a rebbe.
Sources: Mak. 24a
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Lessons from Tisha B'Av: Creating a Culture of Honesty
Issues we should each address to become the Holy Nation we can be...
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Lessons from Tisha B'Av
Reflections on Tisha B'Av: what should we learn from the fast?
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Honesty in Business
Davening and Torah study must lead to proper action -- honesty in business among them.
Sources: OC 155:1-2; MB 155:8-11
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Maintaining Honesty and Integrity in Everything We Do
Keeping our promises is not just about our interpersonal and business relationships; it is a spiritual necessity for the entire Jewish People and the entire world. We must always be of one voice in heart and speech.
Dedicated in honor of Rabbi Hager, the rabbi of the Wall Street Synagogue, and in honor of Yoel ben Ephraim Mordechai.
|26 Adar I 5768||listen||
Honesty in Business
We must use a hin tzedek in all of our business dealings -- whether literally or figuratively.
Sources: CM 204:7; Shabb. 31a; Sha'arei Teshuva 3:182
|24 Adar I 5768||listen||
Part of emes entails being true and honest, and that means keeping our promises.
|22 Adar I 5768||listen||
Hin and Hen Tzedek: Say Only What You Mean
We may only possess accurate weights and measures. Based on the same verse, Chazal admonish us: say only what you mean.
|21 Adar I 5768||listen||
The Difference between "Emes" and "Truth"
Changing our words or deviating from the truth does not mean that we are deviating from emes. A proper understanding of emes at times includes deviations from what in English is called "truth."
Sources: Emet l'Ya'akov (Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky zt"l) Breishit 27:12
|19 Adar I 5768||listen||
Deviating from Truth is Sometimes Permissible, but it is Always Dangerous
Sometimes we can deviate from the truth, so long as we stick within appropriate halachic boundaries. But making a habit of such deviation is dangerous.
|15 Adar I 5768||listen||
Different Categories of Untruth
Rabbeinu Yonah differentiates among different types of untruth, distinguishing between that which is permitted and that which is forbidden. But even the permitted should be avoided, as it accustoms our tongues to falsehood.
Sources: Sha'arei Teshuva 3:181
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Deviating from Truth
There are times when we are allowed to deviate from the truth, but knowing how and when is generally extraordinarilly difficult to judge.
Dedicated l'ilui nishmat Geula Yehudis Malka Rivka bas Chaim Mordechai on the occasion of her yahrzeit.
|9 Adar I 5768||listen||
Distance Yourself from Falsehood
We have two mitzvot regarding truth and falsehood: "Do not lie" and "Distance yourself from falsehood. Why two mitzvot and what is the difference between them?
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