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Karet does not require witnesses or a warning. These are required for a punishment given by a human court, so that the human court knows that the sin was intentional. So for a penalty of lashes or the death penalty. However, if there is a presence of witnesses and warning then the court can give lashes for an offence that is chayev karet. (Source: Makot, ...


Lashon hara is not a problem when it is intended to serve as a benefit to society rather than just as gossip. As far as diyun l'chaf zechus, according to the Rambam in his Pirush Mishnayos on the relevant passage in Avos, diyun l'chaf zechus would be where an action that was open to interpretation contradicted what was already known of a person's ...

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