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I feel that ultimately, leadership comes from the rabbi, himself. He really has to be vigilant, sometimes! I started in a shul that was quiet and with increasing membership, came increasing noise. Then, I noticed something startling. The rabbi, himself was sometimes schmoozing with members when davening had begun! I left the shul. A few weeks afterwards, ...


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Cheating your opponent at chess (as an example) by using (without their knowledge) a software program that helps you pick the right moves would almost certainly be "G'neivat Daat" - stolen knowledge.. i.e. you are withholding the fact he is playing against a program. Similarly using such help with scrabble (words with friends) etc. would be too. This is ...


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Proverbs 26:18-19 says: Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I am only joking!” Lying in a game is like playing with a rifle. Although it is only a "game", a bullet might inadvertently come out of the rifle and kill somebody. When a person gets used to lying, even if only in a ...


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Messilat Yesharim 12:46: Truth is one of the pillars upon which the world stands (Pirkei Avot 1:18). Speaking falsehood, then, is comparable to removing the foundation of the world; and, conversely, if one is heedful of the truth it is as if he maintains the world's foundation. Our Sages of blessed memory told us (Sanhedrin 97a) of a community ...


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The Talmud (Art Scroll Yevamot volume 2 63a4) PDF of actual gemara page states: Rav's wife would aggravate him. When he would tell her, "Prepare me lentils." she would [instead] prepare chimtzei (Rashi - possibly peas) [If he said, "Prepare me] chimtzei", she would [instead] prepare lentils. (Meiri states that she would do the opposit of what he ...



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