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Dear Rabbi, I have a Question: Is clicking the “I have read the above and agree button”, lying? What I mean is, I don't feel I have time to sit and read through the entire lovely 100 paragraph legal document, but I want to use the product, so I click “I Agree”. Is this allowed, or is it forbidden as telling an untruth? Bayla

Dear Bayla,

Interesting question.

In halakhah there is a concept of agreeing to something “as if” designated circumstances prevail—even if technically they do not. An example of this is the not-uncommon (dare I say) scenario when a man marries a woman who was never previously married, yet is no longer a virgin. The ketubah will generally identify her as a betulah (virgin) and the groom will consequently commit himself to a (higher) amount of money (in the event of the dissolution of the marriage), even though this is technically inaccurate. Nevertheless, if he is willing to marry her “as if” she is a virgin, and he agrees to the higher sum of his own choice, the ketubah is valid, the marriage is valid, we hope that they “click” and we wish them many happy years together.

I would think that a similar reasoning may apply here.

Happy shopping.

Best wishes and kind regards,

Rabbi Rashi Simon

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Dear Rabbi Simon,
I hope you fasted well yesterday.
Thank you for the insights into the Kinnot, making them easier to understand.
In the afternoon, I was listening to a shiur on Eichah on Torahanytime.  As an aside, the speaker mentioned that the 1st perek of Eichah is the source for the order of the alef bet as we know it.  Other chapters also follow the alef bet chronology but with ayin en peh interchanged.
He quoted Rabbi Shimon Schwab as his source.
Although he did not elaborate on this, surely Sefer Tehillim predates Megillat Eichah by centuries.  Several psalms are written in the alef bet order (e.g.
psalm 119).
Can you please clarify?
Thank you & best wishes.
PhilippeHi Philippe
TY for your sophisticated Q.
I have also heard that the question of the sequence of samekh and 'ayin is subject to dispute. It seems that there are indications that in Paleo-Hebrew the order is reversed from what we know. It is alleged that chapters 2, 3 and 4 of Eichah (chapter 5 is not alphabetical) reflect the original order. Of course, as you say, ch 1 conforms to the order with which we are family.
You are right that Tehillim predates Eichah, however a critic can claim that the order was redacted to bring it in line with the accepted/preferred sequence. This is particularly true for ch. 119, where each of the 8 vv per letter are their own group, and each set of 8 vv. can easily be repositioned. The question is in Ps. 34 or 145, if the internal logic of the passage sheds light on the correct sequence. In Ps. 34, some claim that the v. starting with the letter peh makes more sense to follow the verse starting with samekh (due to the common appearance of the word ra'). I am not convinced that this argument is compelling.
I will stick with the mesorah, that 'ayin belongs before peh. Best to look before speaking.
Rabbi Rashi Simon
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