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4. Chamor No'er 5. Shema after Tefilla 6. Bedai
7. Moshe and Pharaoh's astrologers 8. Ge'ulah Samuch la'Tefilah 9. Eliyahu in 4 Flights; Rav Elazar bar Avina
10. The Logic of Rebbi Yehoshua ben Levi 11. Rashi 12. Bushah & Kelimah
13. Verse proving David was not embarrassed 14. Ashrei 15. Rashi
16. Saying Shema before Shemoneh Esreh 17. Lulei 18. "Lulei"
19. Unneccessary repetition 20. Semichat Ge'ulah l'Tefilah 21. Interpretation of "BeShachbecha"
22. בחצות הלילה 23. King David dealing with Halachic issues

Simcha Feldman asked:

On amud alef, the gemara learns that one must be careful with his words "lest you be proven to have spoken falsely, and you will be trapped [by your words]" as the Rav explained. However, the idea is that Moshe said "k'chatzos" because if the ASTROLOGERS erred then they might say Moshe was a liar. This is not being "proven to have spoken falsely" but rather APPEARING to have spoken falsely. Am I correct?

Thanks so much,

Simcha Feldman, Baltimore USA

The Kollel replies:

Dear Simcha,

Hello there and thanks for your question. The point is that person should never be caught in a situation where he is perceived as not telling the truth. In most cases it means to leave an opening in your statement. In the case mentioned in our Gemora Moshe knew he was telling the absolute truth, but the astrologers could make him look bad, as Moshe will never be able to prove that his statement was accurate. Also see Tosofs D"H v'Asah.

All the best.

Y. Landy