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The laws are not entirely obsolete. The talmud says (Sanhedrin 37b) (Rav Yosef): After the Mikdash was destroyed, even though the Sanhedrin does not sit (in its place, to judge capital cases), the four death penalties did not cease. Objection: Indeed, they ceased! Correction: Rather, death according to the four death penalties did not cease: ...
This blessing was instituted in the days of Raban Gamliel when the Jewish heretics (saducees, etc.) of the time posed a direct threat to the nation, the blessing was instituted as an anti-missionary move. http://www.ou.org/torah/taryag/shemoneh_esrei_12
NO. King Saul appears to have wanted to die rather than fall into the hands of the Philistines, because of what they would have done to him -- and how that would have destroyed the morale of the Jewish people. (And that's not halachically so clear either.) But that's not your question. Achitofel hanged himself so his family would inherit his estate, ...
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