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INSIGHT: A Paragraph (or more) about a Polygraph



The Torah warns a judge, “Midvar Sheker Tirchak” – “Stay far away from any falsehood,” – meaning, never tell a lie.

This is not only a Mitzvah for a judge – in fact, everyone must always tell the truth. If you climb up to reach the cookie jar and accidentally knock it over and it breaks – and your mother sees the mess and asks you if you might have had something to do with it – don’t just shrug your shoulders and say, “Who, me?”

Instead, tell your mom what really happened, and she’ll probably smile and say, “Thanks for telling the truth. Next time, ask me to do the cookie reaching, OK?”

And that will be the end of that! And you get a Mitzvah too!

Shazak insight

A Paragraph (or more) about a Polygraph

You may have heard of a device called polygraph a.k.a. lie detector. How does it work?

When a person tells a lie, he is (normally) very uncomfortable about it, and his heart may beat faster, his blood pressure may go up, or he may begin to sweat. If the polygraph picks up these changes, that can be used as proof that the person is not telling the truth.

The FBI, CIA, and many police departments use polygraph tests to see if people are being honest. Yet, others argue that the lie detector is not reliable, and some smart crooks can even “teach” their bodies to lie to the lie detectors.

Here is some “food for thought”:

Would a polygraph test be valid evidence in a Beis-Din, a court of Jewish law?

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Geared for Kids... Great for Adults!

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