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Truth, Lies & Gossip: Speech Ethics in Jewish Law (Center City Lunch & Learn)

Torrents of speech pour over us every day, from family, friends, and colleagues, as well as from public figures through the media. Troublingly, in this moment, all limits and boundaries on speech seem to have washed away in the flood of words. Lies are told with impunity, unsubstantiated gossip drives quick action, and even the nature of truth itself seems to be embattled. According to the Torah, God created the world with speech, and Jewish law takes human speech equally seriously – sometimes as a matter of life and death. A whole literature of laws on speech ethics carefully considers both how we should monitor our own speech and how we should react to the words of others. In this class we will survey this body of law and explore how the boundaries that Jewish tradition places on speech might help us judge and make sense of the words we hear every day.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit for PA lawyers is available through Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis for an additional $100 for the full year or $75 for any three sessions. CLE fees must be paid separately.

6 Sessions (OFF-SITE):  Wednesdays 12:15-1:30pm | Oct 4; Nov 1; Dec 6; Jan 3; Feb 7; Mar 7

GJC Members $150 / Non-Members $200 / additional CLE fees may apply

(Lunch & texts included)  Hosted by Jim Meyer at Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis (1600 Market St, Ste. 3600)

This course is supported by a gift from Sandy & Jim Meyer in memory of their parents.

Registration Information

All CLE fees must be paid directly to Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis.