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Avoiding Lies (2)

via Lma’an Yishme’u

The wife of the amora Rav caused him much distress. Whenever he asked for lentils, she would serve him beans, and when he asked for beans, she would serve him lentils. When his son Chiya grew older, he began to switch his father's messages, so that his father now received what he had requested. At first Rav thought that his wife had mended her ways, but then the boy told him what he had been doing. Rav was pleased with his son's resourcefulness, but he told him not to continue with it, for he would become accustomed to speaking falsely.

(יבמות סג ע"א)

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