• September 26, 2021
  • 20 5782, Tishri
  • פרשת בראשית

Telling the Truth & Halacha

Telling the Truth & Halacha

The Torah insists on telling the truth, except when it doesn’t. We will discuss several situations in which the obligation to tell the truth becomes a bit fuzzy. We will discuss: A) Lying: When is it permissible to lie? May one lie in order to encourage people to perform more mitsvot? Should one lie in order to spare someone embarrassment? B) Flattery: Flattery often straddles the boarder of falsehood. When is flattery prohibited. C) Bal Tosif: There are 613 commandments in the Torah. Adding to them is a perversion of the truth of the Torah. We will investigate the limits of this prohibition. D) Using a stolen shofar: Using any stolen item to fulfill a mitsva creates a contradiction between that mitsva and the sin of stealing. When, if ever, can a mitsva be fulfilled on the basis of falsehood and perversity? Join Rabbi Dovid Fink and explore the principle opinions of the great rabbis on these issues.

May 13, 2012 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Telling the Truth & Halacha: Lesson 1
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Death: Our first topic deals with telling the truth about the passing of a relative. What are the parameters of truth-telling? When can or when should the truth be suppressed?

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May 20, 2012 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Telling the Truth & Halacha: Lesson 2
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June 3, 2012 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Telling the Truth & Halacha: Lesson 3
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June 10, 2012 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Telling the Truth & Halacha: Lesson 4
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June 17, 2012 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Telling the Truth & Halacha: Lesson 5
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June 24, 2012 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Telling the Truth & Halacha: Lesson 6
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July 1, 2012 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Telling the Truth & Halacha: Lesson 7
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July 15, 2012 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Telling the Truth & Halacha: Lesson 8
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July 22, 2012 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Telling the Truth & Halacha: Lesson 9
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In addition to being one of Rabbi Brovender's first students, Rabbi Dovid Fink is an outstanding expertᅠand teacher of Halacha. Rabbi Fink received his Rabbinic ordination from ITRI and the Mir and was awarded his Ph.D in Semitic Languages and Linguistics from Yale University. Rav Fink has taught thousands of students from all over the world for over 35 years.