These additional resources that we have culled from around the web are meant to enhance the NLE Morasha Syllabus class entitled, Can You Ever Tell A Lie. We are certain that these resources can help you further impact your audience! If you know of any additional resources that we should add on to this page, please let us know by contacting us here.


I’m Not Lying, I’m Telling a Future Truth. Really. – from the New York Times
Is it a lie or an exercise in projecting the self toward one’s goals.

Should Moral People Ever Lie – from
Are there situations where one is permitted, or even obligated, to lie?

Priceless Integrity – from
The Torah’s perspective on honesty is radically different from the broadly accepted, approach to this value, as the Jewish system of values takes into account the complexity of daily life, and does not see “truth” as a mere repetition of the facts.

Deception – from
Dealing with deceptions in the Torah.

The Issur of Lying – from Halachically Speaking
Discusses the many halachos which may arise regarding this issur, and when is it permitted to lie.

Lying for Peace of Mind – from
Is it allowed to lie to your parents to keep them from worrying?

Hilchos M’Devar Sheker Tirchak – from Halacha for Today
Being untruthful is not the Torah way and is halachically unacceptable.  However, not everything that is seemingly “a lie” is considered Sheker, and not everything is seemingly “the truth” is considered Emes.

The Noble Lie in Halacha – from the YU Lamdan
The Torah tells us to avoid lies – “Midevar sheker tirchak (Shemot 23:7) – but Chazal in two major discussions note several exceptions to this general rule.

Limitations on Lying – from the Virtual Beit Midrash
Even though halacha permits lying for the sake of peace, it is still prohibited if it might accustom a person to lie.


King Solomon – Lying to Make Peace – from
The idea of altering the truth for the sake of peace is taught through no less an authority than G-d.

The Torah Harmonizes Competing Values – from
Making sense of the contradiction between Mi’Devar Sheker Tirchak and incidences of sanctioned deceit.

Gneivat Daat – from
Lying is a form of thievery through deception.

Sheker, Don’t Stand for It – from
The Chafetz Chaim would not tolerate sheker (even for a good cause) and neither should we.


The Connection Between Emes and Sheker – from Pipeline Torah Tidbits
The students ask, “Why are the letters of Sheker juxtaposed and the
letters of Emet spread out?” That is, the letters of Sheker appear
together near the end of the alphabet (shin kof resh), whereas the
Alph, Mem, and Tav are spread out evenly from the beginning to the end
of the alphabet.


Never Tell a Lie – from
Stories to teach the midda of emes,

Parshat Mishpatim – from Kinder Torah
See the Story Stay Far Away


MiDevar Sheker Tirchak – from
Applications for judges.


How to Spot a Liar – from Ted

Three Types of Digital Lies – from Ted

Emet and Sheker: Helping Children Differentiate – by Rebbitzen Tziporah Heller

Parshat Vayetzei: Truth or Lies? – by Mrs. Chana Prero

Real Truth – by Rabbi Yitzchak Cohen

Derech Sheker – by the Yeshiva Boys Choir

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