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Fake News: Jewish vs. American Perspectives on Lying, Libel, and the Law

Hosted By: The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning

How we value the truth says something about our communal culture. Jewish teachings place a very different value on truth than American law does. In discussing this difference, we must start with one key question: Is it ever okay to lie? Once we grapple with the answers to that question, we inherently find ourselves asking more: What other values might outweigh the value of telling the truth? How seriously do we take the truth as Americans? As Jews? Join American and Jewish legal scholar, Harman Grossman, to explore American and Jewish perspectives on the value of truth-telling and consider how these perspectives affect libel law in the American and Jewish legal systems.

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