Truth and Obligation: When Must We Decide for Ourselves?
Summer Yom Iyyun 2019

Dena Weiss

Generally, we associate the Torah with instruction and guidelines for what we should and should not do or say. Although the guidelines are often subject to dispute and it can be unclear which opinion to follow, rarely does the Torah say, "it's up to you." A significant and fascinating exception to this rule is the case of lying in order to spare the feelings of another. There, the Rabbinic approach is largely to encourage us to trust our instincts when deciding to deviate from the generally encouraged path of truthfulness. What are the contours and limits of this exception and what does it teach us about the necessity and the limits of obligation?

Truth and Obligation: When must we decide for ourselves?
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