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As someone who has studied Tractate Sh'vuos, there are actually situations where you must given testimony if you can. (I will enlist some of the situations and the appropriate dafim in Sh'vuos as my source. These are undisputed other than some of the detail). Although we still have Beis Din nowadays ruling in civil cases, they are not as authoritative as ...


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It appears that Judaism does accept such a logical construct in halacha. Heter iska is an example of such a construct. If I am a chicken then this money I pay you is profit and not interest This is a true statement in the empty sense and is accepted as valid by Jewish law. Why such a statement is acceptable is the subject of a separate question.


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I don't know. But here's an argument possibly supporting allowing making such statements: The Torah discusses the case of a ben sorer umore (a rebellious son). The Talmud (Sanhedrin 71 amud 1] cites an opinion that such a case has never happened and never will. Nonetheless, the Torah discusses what to do if it does happen. That is, the Torah itself is ...


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While this blog post is not a definitive answer, he cites Ramba"m's statements at the beginning of Hilchot Yesodei Hatorah, pointing out how Ramba"m uses the word "Emet" in various ways that go beyond the common translation as "truth". Excerpt: The Rambam here is not talking about what is True, but about what is Real. Aside from general accuracy, ...



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