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Who is rich in matters of courtship?

See the Talmud’s elaboration on 49b: על מנת שאני עשיר אין אומרים כרבי אלעזר בן חרסום וכרבי אלעזר בן עזריה אלא כל שבני עירו מכבדים אותו מפני עושרו ‘On condition that I am wealthy,’ we do not say, ...
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Is making someone believe you came to see him, while you were really there anyway, allowed?

This seems practically identical to a problem posed in Chullin 94b: Mar Zutra the son of Rabbi Nahman was once going from Sikara to Mahuza, while Raba and Rabbi Safra were going to Sikara; and ...
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The truth does not depend on popular opinion?

Thanks to Google, YouTube (please see only the video description - I cannot vouch for the video's actual content) and finally Chabad.org, I found the original statement in Moreh Nevukhim 2:151: כל ...
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If we cannot be absolutely certain that Judaism is true/the truth, how can we impose on others in its name?

People cannot be ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN they love their children. Ask a psychologist about things lurking in unconscious parts of our minds because we won't admit ugly truths to ourselves. We certainly ...
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Where can I obtain the sefer “Titen Emes L'Yaakov”?

The book in question is probably from the contemporary, R. Yaakov Chizkiah Fisch. The full book is online here.
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Is there a problem with lying?

See Gemara BM 23b For Rab Judah said in the name of Samuel: In the following three matters learned men do conceal the truth: In matters of a tractate {they ask know you this Massechet at your ...
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How does Jewish Law look upon the concept of Abgefeimt?

There is a grest deal of Jewish literature on Business Ethics. But to the point of your question see this article at Jewish Law from where I abstracted this quote under HONESTY IN THE MARKETPLACE....
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Is there a concept of "peer review" in Rabbinical Judaism?

Some of the disagreements in earlier answers seem to stem from different understandings of peer review. From the definition stated in the question, it seems totally reasonable to think of ...
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G-d and the serpent, what happened?

Your quote is what Eve responded to the serpent which was not accurate. She added the touch and softened the punishment. Hashem said in 2:17 "on the day that you eat of it you will surely die" which ...
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Forced/unlikely answers are usually true

The Mishneh Halakhot (Vol. II: 24) explains: יותר טוב לישב דברי הראשונים ז"ל אפילו בדוחק גדול מלאמר דנעלמה מהם גמרא מפורשת בכמה מקומות בש"ס ועיין בח"ס ריש כתובות שכתב רוב מהתרוצים הדחוקים אמתיים הם ...
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The tradition of a Gezeira Shava

Rashi (Ketubot 57a:) already acknowledges that in certain types of disputes one party is of necessity lying (or,to soften the implication, saying something untrue (possibly unwittingly)): דכי פליגי ...
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Is there a problem of גניבת דעת (deception) when one is served a food and he dislikes the taste, and he says "This tastes delicious!"?

Telling the truth is very important as the Torah writes "distance yourself from a lie" (Shemot 23:7). The parameters of telling the truth vary though and there are four types of circumstances where ...
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Is there a problem with lying?

Generally, you should not lie. Sotah 42a makes it clear that those who lie (shakranim) do not merit the divine presence. Who are these shakranim? dafyomi.co.il translates it as follows: SHAKRANIM (...
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Why doesn't Yaakov ( תתן אמת ליעקב) object to his mother's plan on the grounds that it does not reflect truth?

There are a few answers to this question. One is that in essence, Eisov was the one who was doing the initial tricking here. He would have been receiving the brochos because (1) Eisav had been ...
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Is lying about the blessings of Hashem considered a sin?

A Jew should tell the truth, as the Torah writes (Shemot 23:7): "stay away from falsehood". There is a small list of situations where one might "dance around the truth" to e.g., promote peace, ...
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G-d and the serpent, what happened?

Hashem said: וּמֵעֵ֗ץ הַדַּ֙עַת֙ ט֣וֹב וָרָ֔ע לֹ֥א תֹאכַ֖ל מִמֶּ֑נּוּ כִּ֗י בְּי֛וֹם אֲכׇלְךָ֥ מִמֶּ֖נּוּ מ֥וֹת תָּמֽוּת Translation (according to the traditional nikud and cantillation): And from ...
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Forced/unlikely answers are usually true

This was written by Chassam Sofer in a responsum to R. Moshe Gluga (dayan of Zelem/Deutschkreutz) relating to a prior correspondence they had regarding a question posed by the latter. R. Sofer ...
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Are "clickbait" links permissible?

[As usual] I'd like to point out, that the problem with גניבת דעת or הונאה is two-fold: [A sort of] "damaging" your fellow Jew, which stems from "לא תגנובו" and similar to it (ריטב"א חולין צד, א) ...
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Is one obligated to honor his word in a business agreement with a non-jew?

Let's assume there were no oaths involved, simply a statement like "I will invest." Shulchan Aruch Choshen Misphat 204,7 spells out that if you commit to buy or sell, "you really should keep your word,...
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Should you change the truth for peace?

The Magen Avraham in siman 156 quotes the seffer Hachasidim siman 426 that says 'this that it is allowed to change the truth for peace, this is only for something which has already passed but not ...
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Is there a concept of "peer review" in Rabbinical Judaism?

Just being published in the Talmud is a form of Peer Review. Not everything that Rabbi Akiva ever said has been written & published, only the things that his peers felt were valuable. And everyone ...
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Is there a concept of "peer review" in Rabbinical Judaism?

More than 50% of mishnayos have multiple tanaim disagreeing. That's peer review. R' Meir says something, R' Yehuda reviews it and says something else. When nobody disagrees explicitly, the ...
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Truth in a vacuum and Emes

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 ...
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Threatening to sue with no intention to do so

The Gemara in Bava Kamma discusses a guy who gave his shor to a shomer to watch, and it gored while the shomer has it, and the shomer hands it over to pay for the damage caused (because shor tam ...
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Is there a connection between truth and good?

The sense of "tov" (good) as used in the creation story (Genesis 1) is that that which exists exists because it is good. "True" means that something is (exists). Therefore, they are directly related ...
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If we cannot be absolutely certain that Judaism is true/the truth, how can we impose on others in its name?

The answer to this OP IMHO, is to be found in Talmud Kiddushin 80a. The name of the "sugya" (topic) is "Soklin v'Sorfin al Ha'Chazakos" ("We stone and burn the accused because of a [strong] ...
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Were the Jews first to institute monogamy (a ban on polygamy)

I don't think that you can infer your conclusion from his text. All he said (at least from the page you linked to) is that other nations begin to imitate us after the Cherem. That statement doesn't ...
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Why doesn't Yaakov ( תתן אמת ליעקב) object to his mother's plan on the grounds that it does not reflect truth?

In an ironic turn of events Rabbi Yaakov Kaminetzky addresses this in his Emes Liyaakov. He answers that truth and lies are not the black and white as we see them. Truth is what something should be ...
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What is the first (or any) explicit source for Yaakov being epitome for "truth"?

Thought certainly not the first source for the idea, Rabbenu Bachya (Bereishis 25:27) is a source who writes: ועוד יש להתבונן שהיה ראוי לומר יעקב איש אמת כיון שמדתו אמת - Furthermore, actually ...
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Who is rich in matters of courtship?

The opinion of the Aruch Hashulchan (EH 38:94) regarding this matter is that rich is a fluctuating term which is determined per the locale. וזהו ידוע שבעיר קטנה נקרא עשיר בסכום קטן ובעיר גדולה לא ...
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