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Rabbi Yaakov Haber notes that the medrash says that Adam cohabited with every animal before cohabiting with Eve whereupon he said 'zos ha'paam etzem me'atzamai'. He explains this is because woman is the most dissimilar being in existence to man so it is unintuitive for a relationship to exist between them. However when the relationship does exist, because ...


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In terms of actual prohibitions: 1- Male homosexual sex is prohibited to both Jew, and under the covenant G-d made with Noah, to non-Jews as well. 2- Male homosexual intimacy that is not prohibited under #1 is prohibited to Jews under the same kinds of laws that prohibit masturbation. 3- At least some forms of female homosexual sex if not all are ...


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From Maimonides' Mishneh Torah (Repentance Chapter 1:1) it seems Teshuva - returning/repentance (at least nowadays*) is an essential ingredient of atonement for all categories of sin: ...[the sacrifices] do not atone for them until they repent and confess verbally, as it says: he shall confess the matter in which he sinned (Leviticus 5:5). ...their ...


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The Ramcha"l in Mesilas Yeshorim Chapter 4 touches on this subject. He writes: Just as the Holy One Blessed be He does not allow any good deed, small as it may be, to go unrewarded, so does He not permit any bad deed, however small, to go un-judged and un-passed upon, contrary to the thinking of those who wish to talk it into themselves that the ...


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In general, the Torah is not so concerned and doesn't judge how people feel or what their desires are. It is mainly concerned in how we act. Nowhere does the Torah consider feelings for same-sex people to be a prohibition. But the Torah is concerned about actions and as is well known homosexual male intercourse is forbidden. The gmara in Kiddushin 40a ...


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There is a book called Sefer Haredim that classifies Mitsvoss following the human organs. See in Sefer Hahinuch Mizvah 169 ולכן הזהירתנו התורה כי בהגיע אל האדם החלי הרע, והוא הצרעת, שלא יקחנו דרך מקרה, רק יחשב מיד כי עונותיו גרמו וירחיק מחברת בני אדם כאדם המרחק מרע מעשיו, ויתחבר אל המכפר המרפא שבר החטא ויראה אליו נגעו, ובעצתו ובדבריו ובפשפוש מעשיו יוסר ...


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I know from Zohar I think that fingers of hands (and feet) represent 10 commandments. Right arm first five and left arm second five. So if you have a pain in the right arm it is likely you are violating all first five commandments. If it is just one finger then it is just one commandment. Tabernacle (and Temple) were also designed to mimic human body of ...


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The Torah heals by telling us that prayer heals. The Jewish book of healing was destroyed so that people will pray. Mishna Brochos 5.5 They used to say about him, about Rabbi Chanina ben Dosa: When he would pray for the sick, he would say: This one will live and this one will die. They said to him: How do you know? He replied to them: If the prayer is ...


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There's good news, and there's better news. The good news is this has happened to many others before you, and the better news is not to worry about it. (Well, try to educate yourself and be more careful, but it needs no atonement.) As Fred noted in his comments, as long as the dairy was a different meal than the meat, you've satisfied the bare-minimum ...


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Deuteronomy 18, 21-22: כִי תֹאמַר בִּלְבָבֶךָ אֵיכָה נֵדַע אֶת הַדָּבָר אֲשֶׁר לֹא דִבְּרוֹ יְהֹוָה: אֲשֶׁר יְדַבֵּר הַנָּבִיא בְּשֵׁם יְהֹוָה וְלֹא יִהְיֶה הַדָּבָר וְלֹא יָבֹא הוּא הַדָּבָר אֲשֶׁר לֹא דִבְּרוֹ יְהֹוָה בְּזָדוֹן דִּבְּרוֹ הַנָּבִיא לֹא תָגוּר מִמֶּנּוּ: Translation: Now if you say to yourself, "How will we know the word that the Lord ...



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