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One does not get s'char for a mitzvah habah biaveirah, a mitzvah which would not have happened without an aveirah happening. In this case, the aveirah of embarassing the Gabbai would prevent any s'char from saying tehillim.


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It seems that the question is: Is it the intention that gets schar or the result (action)? For example, when a person does teshuva from ahava, all of their transgressions turn to mitzvos. Seemingly implying that it is not the intention but the end result (in which case in your scenario the jokester would receive schar). It is known that Chabad is ...


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To answer the first part of the question, the Rambam in the introduction to Chelek writes: והמקמה הגמורה היא שתכרת הנפש ותאבד ושלא יהיה לה קיום והוא הכרת האמור בתורה. וענין הכרת הכרתת הנפש ... וכל מי ששקע בתענוגות הגופניות והזניח את האמת והעדיף את השוא נכרת מאותו השגב וישאר חומר מוכרת בלבד וכבר ביאר הנביא שהעולם הבא אינו נישג בחושים הגופניים The ...


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In general, there is no sin for which teshuvah is not effective. See, in particular, Maimonides' Mishnah Torah The Laws of Repentance Chapter 1 Law 11: "עבר על כרתות ומיתות בית דין ועשה תשובה - תשובה ויום הכיפורים תולין וייסורין הבאין עליו גומרין לו הכפרה. ולעולם אין מתכפר לו כפרה גמורה עד שיבואו עליו ייסורין. ובאלו נאמר: ופקדתי בשבט פשעם ובנגעים עוונם - "If ...


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"I never would have taken the oath if I would have known that I was going to break it and get punished" I don't think that would be a very good reason to nullify an oath. That is like saying "I never would have taken the oath if I knew I had to keep it". Which is obviously a bad reason. Either because it shows he does not know what an oath is, or nothing ...


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I think that the story of Adam and Eve is just a metaphor used to warn the men not to "know." Think about the apple as the knowledge, the science or the consciousness. This means that the more you know the more you will suffer, and I think this is just a sad truth. Just think about the terrible things humans have discovered, like atomic bombs or radiation. ...


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This question really touches on what the purpose of the Tree of Knowledge was. Why would G-d not want them to eat from a Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil? Isn't that the most important knowledge to have? In Moreh Nevuchim 1:1 Rambam develops an approach to understanding this (in which he alludes to your question). As I understand his answer, it is ...


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The importance and relevance of reciting tehilim is a moot point to the scenario. Not deceiving others has to take precedence over all else whenever possible. "Sheker ain lo raglayim". There is nothing beloved to Hashem about a boy bringing others to daven extra through deceit. Judaism is not Machiavellian- it's not only the end that matters but the means as ...



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