Home Subscribe Services Support Us
Print Version

Email this article to a friend


A friend of mine is great at predicting. He can tell you what the weather will be for the company picnic 3 weeks in advance. He knows which politician will be elected and he can tell you which stocks will rise and fall. In staff meetings his opinion is respected because his track record in foertelling the future is so accurate.

When our Sages said: "Who is wise? One who foresees the future" (Tameed :32a), they did not have my friend in mind. His luck -- or foresight -- is not the wisdom of which they spoke. The wise men of the past were giving sound advice to all generations: "Weigh the results of your behavior BEFORE you act."

Errors in judgment create excuses. Often one is prompted to deny participation in an activity that turned out to be the wrong thing to do. One lie leads to another until the truth is revealed and the tower of falsehood crumbles embarrassingly before the perpetrator's red face. A smart person avoids the misdeed and is saved from the pressure of the cover-up.

The Torah says: "Keep a distance from falsehood" {Shemot 23:7]. That does not mean "don't lie" it means don't do things that will bring you to deception. A good rule to follow is: "If you might have to deny it -- don't do it!" A good lie may work for a moment but it will lead to another false statement and then another until the truth is eventually revealed. Consider the long-term result of your behavior and you will be spared the shame of getting caught. "Who is wise? The one who foresees the future".


If one unintentionally did not pray the afternoon prayer of Minha, one may pray the Amidah of the nighttime prayer Arbeet twice -- the first to fulfill the requirement to pray Arbeet and the second to make up for the missed afternoon Minha prayer.

The rule for making up the prayer missed applies only during the time one is saying the next required prayer. Once the next prayer is said one may no longer make up the missed prayer. [Source: Shulhan Arukh, O'H, Siman 108:2]


The lips of truth will be established forever, but a lying tongue only for the moment

Mishle 12:19

Text Copyright © 2003 Rabbi Raymond Beyda and Project Genesis, Inc.



View Complete List

The Image Of Father In The Window Saved Him
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5772

The Whole and The Part - Part I
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5766

"Mah Tevakesh": Keeping Focused On One's Goal In Life
- 5769

> The Shame Of It All
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5764

Behind the Scenes
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5764

Light Over Darkness
Rabbi Naphtali Hoff - 5768

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Passive Action, Part 1
PLUS A Quick Review of the Laws of Chanukah

Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5764

"Your Servant, Our Father"
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5775

Freeing the Spirit
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5768


New Shoes for Old Souls
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5774

Garments of Betrayal
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5758

To Fergin Or Forget
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5771

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Hasmoneans Take a Stand: A History of Chanukah, Part II
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5774

Shedding Light on the Identity Crisis
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5759

The Dream Team
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5759

A Superficial Light
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5772

Project Genesis Home

Torah Portion

Jewish Law



Learn the Basics




Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base


About Us

Contact Us

Free Book on Geulah! Home Copyright Information