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Sunday, January 20 • 8:45am - 10:00am
The Ethic of Truthtelling and Lying: A Text Study

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To what extent is "honesty always the best policy?" Under what circumstances might it be justifiable, or even preferred, to manipulate the truth? Do the ends (sometimes) justify the means? This text-based class will closely analyze Yaakov/Jacob's life and choices to explore the Biblical and Rabbinic perspectives on whether Jacob was a man of truth or deception. The text of the Torah itself gives ambiguous answers to these questions and the Midrashim are polarized. How are we meant to respond to the breakdown of this prototypical covenantal family caused by deception and parents playing favorites? What are we to learn about the ever important issue on the ethic of truth-telling and lying.

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Malka Popper

Malka Popper is the Assistant Head of School at the Northwest Yeshiva High School. She received her Masters in Biblical and Talmud Interpretation from Yeshiva University and was a Senior Fellow in the Graduate Program in Advanced Talmud Study. Malka is a veteran educator who has taught... Read More →

Sunday January 20, 2019 8:45am - 10:00am PST