The Value of Truth in Social Media

February 27, 2017

"There is a story in Jewish tradition about a man who insults another man without realizing that the man is a prominent rabbi. When he does realize it, he is horrified and tries to apologize. He asks what he can do to make up for it. The rabbi tells him to take a feather pillow to the top of a hill, tear it open and let the feathers blow away. The man doesn’t understand but he does it, then comes back and says, “Now what?” The rabbi says, “Now go and gather up all the feathers.” The point is that once words are out there, they cannot be retrieved—we should take care what we say, because we won’t be able to control it or take it back, like the scattered feathers from the pillow. With the advent of the internet, this becomes true in a whole new way...."

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By Rabbi Rabbi Heidi Hoover, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from the Rabbis Without Borders Blog on My Jewish Learning.com