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There is a principal that "You are allowed to change for the sake of peace." The source for this comes when the messengers tell Avraham that he is going to have a child in a year. Sarah laughs, saying, " God changes Sarah's statement from "After I have become worn out, will I have smooth flesh? And also, my master is old." (Gen. 18:13) to And the Lord ...


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Anytime that you purchase something using anything that you claim has value, but in fact is not what it appears, you are guilty of fraud and theft, both of which are Isurei DeOraitha (Biblical prohibitions). It has nothing to do with whether or not the country you are in considers it a felony or a misdemeanor, or even if it is encouraged as an economic ...


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Something that might bear on this is in Proverbs (26:4-5): "Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest even you become like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his sight." Noting the obvious contradiction, the Talmud (Shabbos 30b) points out that the first statement is referring to "worldly matters," the second to Torah ...


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I'm no expert on Geneivat Da'at, but my gut says that if you're misleading people to get them to do something they wouldn't otherwise do, you're presumably violating this prohibition. Here on mi.yodeya, except for in certain very special circumstances, it's best if everything you say is true, to the best of your knowledge. That way, people can digest and ...


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Our Rabbis taught: How does one dance [and what words does one say] before a bride? The School of Shammai says, “The bride [is described] as she is.” The School of Hillel says, “[Every bride is described as a] beautiful and graceful bride.” The School of Shammai said to the School of Hillel, “If she was lame or blind, does one say of her, ‘Beautiful and ...


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The Seventh of the 613 Mitzvot according to the Rambam is: והמצוה השביעית היא שצונו להשבע בשמו יתעלה כשנצטרך לקיים דבר מן הדברים או להכחישו כי בזה הגדולה לשם יתע' וכבוד ועילוי והוא אמרו (ואתחנן ו עקב י) ובשמו תשבע...‏ The seventh commandment is that we are commanded to take oaths in His holy name when we will need to establish or contradict ...


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With respect to the actual question, one is permitted to lie to protect another person from harm, which would include embarrassment. See Bava Metzia (23b) third item, where one may lie to protect a person from being taken advantage of. See also Sanhedrin (11a) another story where a lie was employed to save another from an uncomfortable situation. See Sukkah ...


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A person should always be involved in torah and mitzvos even not lishmah as through non-lishmah he will come to lishma. (Pesachim 50b) Also, see how Tosfos Taanis 7a distinguishes this from the idea that non-lishma torah is poisonous.


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Rashi records the famous midrash about Eisav that he asked Yitzchak halachic questions to create the impression that he was punctilious in mitzvah observance. So there at least seems to be a basis for considering such a dishonest question inappropriate. יודע ציד: לצוד ולרמות את אביו בפיו, ושואלו אבא היאך מעשרין את המלח ואת התבן, כסבור אביו שהוא מדקדק במצות: ...


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Preface: I don't think my answer actually happened, I just like the way the pieces fit together. According to the Talmud in Kesubot (63A), Ben Azzai was engaged to the daughter of R' Akiva. So, assuming the opinion in Masechet Sotah (4B) that Ben Azzai married and later separated from his wife, since "What could he do, his soul desired Torah, let the world ...


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It has been demonstrated by experiment, though not entirely scientifically, that the vast majority of people do not read EULAs. Thus, I would say there is an אנן סהדי that "I have read and agree" just means "I agree" in this case.


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As @DoubleAA wrote, the Rambam seems to imply that there is a mitzva to swear in Hashem's name (when something is true). However, there is a Medrash Tanchuma which says that since the verse says: "את ה' אלהיך תירא ואותו תעבוד ובו תדבק ובשמו תשבע" - "You will fear Hashem, serve him, cleave to him and swear in his name", one is only allowed to swear in ...


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Isur of Genevat Daat is certainly present here (see Gemara Hullin 93b-94a, Rambam Hilchot Mechira 18, Shulhan Aruch Hoshen Mishpat 228). Whether this is Isur from the Torah or not is a totally different story. Here is a good list of Mare Mekemot whether it is Asur from the Torah or from Rabanan.


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First, let's establish that Rabbi Akiva's chidush at the end is not that Jews aren't affected by astrology. That he knew in the beginning just like the previous case of Shmuel. R' Akiva/Shmuel were assuming that the victim could daven and be saved. The chidush at the end was that tzedaka can also save even from an abnormal death. So need R' Akiva tell ...


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When there is a serious risk of causing bad relations between people if the lie is not told. See K'subos 17. This is learned from the acceptability of praising an apparently unpraiseworthy bride on her wedding day. I have vastly oversimplified the issue, but the point the G'mara is making - as evidenced by Beis Shamai's objection to Beis Hillel, which ...


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If Shmeryl made an active decision to throw Judaism out the window, the Chofetz Chaim says that the prohibition of lashon hara would no longer apply to him. Otherwise, given today's usual circumstances and usual listeners, to say "Shmeryl wasn't raised keeping Shabbat and doesn't (yet) observe it" will neither upset Shmeryl nor harm him (unless he's trying ...



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