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Mitzvot 236 and 71: Defamation
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How do we define rechilut (usually translated as gossip) and how should it impact freedom of the press? What if something is defamatory only in a specific community? Download the mekorot here Delivered at the OU Israel Center, Wednesday, June 20, 2018/7 Tammuz 5778
Mitzvah 38: Thou Shall Not Covet
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Lo Tachmod is a thought-based prohibition. How can we be commanded about a thought? Is it a built-in safeguard against stealing? Why is it in the 10 commandments with capital offenses? Download the mekorot here Delivered at the OU Israel Center, Wednesday, June 13, 2018/30 Sivan 5778
Mitzvah 37: Thou Shall Not Bear False Witness
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The Sefer HaChinuch phrases this mitzvah as not to give false testimony in a court. Lying vs. giving false testimony. Women giving testimony in beit din. When is it permissible to lie? Download the mekorot here Delivered at the OU Israel Center, Wednesday, June 6, 2018/23 Sivan 5778