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October 18, 2010



Fascinating. I think that you should add, that when used by the weak against the strong it is only acceptable when the weak are trying to protect themselves from an injustice, but it is not acceptable for the weak to use deceit just to get ahead.
If so, then the strong should also be permitted to use deceit if necessary to protect himself from an injustice committed by the weak. However, since they are strong, generally they won't need to.


the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and his father Hamor with guile, because he had defiled their sister Dinah
Rashi - the verse explains that it was not deceitful because, "he had defiled their sister Dinah".

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