The Musings of David P. Neff

As for me and my house, we shall serve HaShem - Joshua 24:15

Category: Judaism

Fake News and Halacha

Since the 2016 elections we have been hearing a lot about “fake news.” Fake news is defined as “a deliberately publish hoax, propaganda, and disinformation purporting to be real news—often using social media to drive web traffic and amplify their effect.” It differs from satire as fake news intends to mislead the public andn present itself as real news, whereas satire news articles are clearly for entertainment purposes only.

It is sad that in 2017 fake news and propaganda spreads like wild fire and people share and comment before reading the article.

Fake news and spreading fake news has quite a few halachic implications I wish to address in this article.

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Shabbat for Beginners – Sanctifying the Seventh Day

One of the things that drew me into Judaism was the beauty of Shabbat. Shabbat, often referred to as the Sabbath, lasts from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday (a period of about 25 hours). During this time, there are 39 categories of work that is prohibited to perform. While at first glance Shabbat appears boring and tedious, nothing can be further from the truth. By observing Shabbat we give testimony to the fact that G-d created the universe in 6 days and rested on the 7th and also giving testimony to the fact of the Exodus from Egypt.

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Rabbi Michael Skobac – Understanding the Oral Torah