Is cheating on a test against the Torah?
Yesterday in our class, an interesting discussion came up. A boy, who is now religious, called me while at school a little over a year ago, while he was becoming more religious. He wanted to know if it's against the Torah to cheat on a test. Immediately, people were already up in arms, ready to stone the boy who asked the question (good thing they don't know who he is). I challenged them, and why is it wrong to cheat on a test? You see, there are two important things to realize here: Number one, is that we tend to associate anything we feel good about on G-d, and anything we dislike must be ungodly. Ever hear, "cleanliness is G-dliness?" Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against a clean house, but who decided that it's G-dliness? The temple in Jerusalem wasn't a spotless palace. It was an extremely busy place with animals coming in and out etc. Was that ungodly? In our society, cheating is taboo, so is it against the Torah? It must be! Why? Be