This week we bring our summer sermon series to a close. Among the things we are going to talk about this Shabbat is what practical steps can we take moving forward to try and avoid gossip and speak words of healing.
In addition, we will address something that was brought up to me several times by different congregants in response to my talks. When can we share negative truths about someone? Are their times in our lives when it is not only alright to lie, but perhaps mandated that we do.
One of the things that I love about Judaism, and perhaps life itself, is that there are no absolutes in life and this applies to sharing unflattering truths as well as outright lies. We will talk about situations in which our tradition says we are obligated to share certain information with others as well as those times when a little white lie is warranted.
As always, if you cannot make it to shul, you can always catch the sermon on my podcast which I try to post by Monday morning.
Wishing you a Shabbat shalom.
Please take a moment, or two, to read this article about the Jewish perspective on lying:http://www.jlaw.com/Articles/hf_LyingPermissible.html