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To first clarify, even though lying is usually frowned upon, I'm pretty sure that, at least ethically speaking, there's no reason to frown upon lying to Pharaoh in this situation if it was necessary to save the Jews. The question being dealt with here is why was this deception necessary - couldn't God have saved them without the lie? Thanks to this shiur, I'...


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The Shulchan Arukh (YD 337) writes: חולה שמת לו מת -- אין מודיעין אותו, שמא תטרף דעתו עליו. ואין קורעין חלוקו, ואין בוכין, ואין מספידין בפניו שלא ישבר לבו. ומשתיקין את המנחמין מפניו.‏ A sick person whose relative died -- we don't inform him lest he lose his mind. And we don't rip his clothing nor cry nor eulogize in front of him so his heart won't ...


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According to Rabbi Akiva Eiger, (Shu"t RA"E Mahadura Kama 176, cited here) they are not punished by the hand of man: וגם משום מלקות, נראה דלא לקו, דלא שייך בזה 'לא תענה ברעך' דהא לא העידו כלל על רעהו להפסידו בשום דבר And also with regard to lashes, it would appear that they were not lashed, for [the verse - Exodus 20:12] "though shalt not ...


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Chabad has this: A well-known saying in the Mishnah goes like this: "Be bold as a leopard, light as an eagle, swift as a deer and mighty as a lion to do the will of your Father in Heaven" (Rabbi Judah ben Tema, Ethics of Fathers 5:20). This saying is also the opening quote of the Shulchan Aruch (The Jewish Code of Law). The leopard often ...


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Radak says "Ain Somchin al hanes" Do not rely on miracles. He also compares it to Yaakov being afraid that Eisav was coming, David fleeing from Shaul and other incidents In Pesachim 8b and Yoma 11a we are told that the protection during the mission is only if the danger is not imminent. In this case, Shmuel asked for natural means to protect himself ...


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There is a prohibition of "Ona'at Devarim" - "Verbal Oppresion". This prohibition emanates from two closely placed verses - Vayikra 25:14 and 25:17 that state "Do not aggrieve one another." This article details the applications of "Ona'as Devarim". In summary, the caller expected to make a sale. Your attempting to play jokes on him most likely aggrieved him ...


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This is an argument in Rishonim. The answer is not directly stated anywhere in the Talmud. The Sefer Yereim in Siman 178 says that it is comparable to the fifth added to Teruma, where it is paid to the Beis Din to distribute to whomever they want. However, he isn't certain about it. The other option is that it is paid to the initially accused. The תועפות ...


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Devarim 13:1-4: Everything I command you that you shall be careful to do it. You shall neither add to it, nor subtract from it. If there will arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of a dream, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder of which he spoke to you happens, [and he] says, "Let us go after other gods which you have not ...


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R. Moshe Feinstein has a responsum about cheating. He was asked by someone who had heard that in yeshivot they allow the students to steal the answers for the Regents. R. Moshe answered that it is absolutely forbidden. Not only is it geneivat da'at (deception), it is also geneivat mamon (outright monetary theft) because when someone applies for a job they ...


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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 fingertip and by humility he says "No!" (Rashi)}, bed {If they ask if he has a sexuel intercourse, he can hive a negative answer, even if it is not true, by modesty (...


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First, please read my answer on "are internet clickbait links permissible. Your case is much worse because of two factors: The author surely knows it is a lie and has an evil intention to fool people. People can only lose (time, effort) from this information, never profit (unlike clickbaits that a small portion of people does enjoy). Therefore posting ...


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Read it "Elokim yireh lo haseh l'olah = bni". He was hinting that the lamb was his son. And according to Rashi, Yitzchak got the hint, "vayelchu shneihem yachdav" - he accepted it willingly. I quote Rashi 22:8: יראה לו השה: כלומר יראה ויבחר לו השה, ואם אין שה, לעולה בני. ואף על פי שהבין יצחק שהוא הולך לישחט, וילכו שניהם יחדו בלב שוה: "will provide ...


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It is a sin, and it's basically a form of theft. After doing some research, I found out the Guemara brings the concept of Gneivas Da'as, which is the theft of intellect. This site explains very well this concept.


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It seems to me that the only thing that really matters here is "dina d'malchusa dina," that Halachah mandates that Jews follow the law of the land. Since this law isn't forcing you to violate Halachah, Halachah mandates that you follow it.


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My own thought: There is no indication that when God spoke to Avraham about Sarah laughing he was in any way angry at Sarah (it does not say v'yichar af, not does it ever say that Sarah was punished). Furthermore had God been angry at Sarah why wouldn't he have spoken directly to her (as he did with, say Miriam and Ahron)? Rather, God was in fact ...


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The Ohr Somayach writes that logically one would have assumed they would pay the person who they testified was owed money. Meaning, do to them what they tried to do - they tried to make A owe money to B, so they should owe money to B. However, the Ohr Somayach concludes that because of דרכיה דרכי נועם, the ways of the Torah are pleasant, it would offer the ...


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Although we often invoke Midivar Shekker Tirchack as the Torah's command not to lie, it is not really a biblical prohibition. That pasuk is actually discussing beis din and witness. When the Gemara discusses keeping your word in business it invokes another verse, הין צדק איפה צדק. This still does not apply to a lie in conversation. For that we have the ...


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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 ...


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I remember Rav Aviner was asked a very similar question. He answers at the bottom of this page. To quote him Question: I heard that it is permissible to cheat, since it isn't "Genevat Da'at" (deception), as the teachers know that cheating occurs, and it would be "a decree that the community cannot live up to [and which therefore is not binding]." ...


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We actually find sarcasm used in the Talmud. One example that comes to mind is in Taanis 24b, where Rav Papa declared a fast day during a drought, but felt very weak. He ate a handful of cereal and went to Daven. The prayers for rain went unanswered. Rav Nachman b. Ushpezati told Rav Papa, 'If you'd eat another handful then you'd get rain'. Rav Papa was ...


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When I was in Yeshiva, a world renowned Posek* had a Q&A session with us, and the question came up regarding if you know that a teacher takes test questions from some online question bank if you're allowed to search them up and study directly from those questions. He answered emphatically yes. If I recall correctly (it's been a few years since I heard ...


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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 (9 categories): (a) One who lies in order to steal from or abuse others, thereby transgressing the prohibitions of "Lo Sigzol" and "Lo Soneh." (b) ...


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See Shulchan Aruch CM 227:26 which says that there is no prohibition of Onaas Mamon (money) when done to a goy. This is because of the passuk לא תונו איש את אחיו - A goy is not Achiv. Concerning Onaas Devarim the passuk says LO TONU ISH ES Amiso, which also excludes goyim. BUT See Yam Shel shlomo Baba Kama 10:20 that if a chilul Hashem will be caused it ...


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In context we know that God is good from observing His deeds, i.e. that He created human beings as an act of pure benevolence, not because He needs anything from us as the shaar bitachon (gate 4 of Chovos Halevavos) says. That one is conscious of G-d's abundant goodness to man, and how He brought him into existence out of abundant and pure benevolence and ...


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Although Issac was going to give Esau the beracha due to him being the elder, Rebecca knew from nevua that Jacob was the one who was supposed to get the beracha, Jacob spent his time studying Torah instead of hunting, and Esau did sell the birthright after all. Esau was not dying, for right after eating he up and walked away, he didn't care so much what ...


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You ask if there's a problem with telling someone he's sinning. No, it's one of the 613 mitzvos, based on Lev. 19:17. But there are ways to do it and ways not to: see e.g. Rambam, Deos 6:7: … gently, with soft language. He should make sure the fellow knows that he's telling him this only for his own benefit, to bring him to life in the world to ...


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NO. NO. NO!!!!!! Jews have lived among idolators for thousands of years and knew well enough to leave their possessions alone. Whatever legend we have about what Abraham did in his father's shop teaches us something about the value of monotheism and the character of Abraham, but we have plenty of clearly-codified laws that come first. THE LAW OF THE ...


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I once heard the following explanation: In Parshas Beha'aloscha (Bamidbar 8:3), after Aahron Hakohen was tasked with lighting the Menorah, the Torah tells us that "ויעש כן אהרן" - Aaron did so. Rashi there cites the Sifrei (1:5) that it was necessary for the Torah to advise us that Aahron in fact complied with the Divine instruction, for "this shows Aaron’s ...


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This question can be approached from different perspectives. First is the is what the law of the land is. Although halacha does not always follow secular law, in questions of business conduct we are obligated to follow the law of the land, which we know by the term "dina d'malchuso dina." On this, Rav Yitzchak Shmelkes (Beit Yitzchak, Yoreh De'ah 2:75) ...


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