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The gemara says if a person is used to doing a sin they are punished for the thought, apparently because there is nothing internal stopping them from realising their thought into action other than external circumstances. According to Reb YL Bloch you are not obliged to purify your thoughts to the extent that no thought of sin enters your mind because this ...


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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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When Moshe Feinstein zl moved, he said to a visitor "Baruch Hashem I moved to a new apartment". The visitor asked if the new apartment was so much better than the old one and R Moshe answered Oh no! A dwelling is a dwelling - the advantages of one over the other are insignificant for me. I am happy, though, that I now live further from the yeshivah ...


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Rav Hutner asks why there is no concept of increasing schar pesios with other mitzvos, e.g. I am not obliged to walk to the most distant mocher arba minim in town. He says because the inyan of tefillah is hiskarvus, therefore being niskarev to the shul is part of the avodah. Therefore it is not a whimsical schar (zigzagging would increase the schar) but a ...


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Read about it more here. Since the main idea is to make a greater effort, it would seem to me (based on the information in the link) that the answer to your first two questions is yes, while the answer to the last is no, as mentioned explicitly in the Tzitz Eliezer in the above source: וענין זה של שכר פסיעות מסתברא דבודאי לא מקיימים ע"י נסיעה ברכב, דהגם ...


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In general, the concept of "mesirah" is not "giving over a Jewish person to law enforcement" as much as giving an innocent person over to a ruthless, corrupt, and brutal power. See e.g. Rabbi Yitzchok Grossman: The topic of Mesirah in the modern era is a very fraught area of Halachah. On the one hand, Shas and Poskim have traditionally condemned Mosrim ...


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Shulchan aruch choshen mishpat 388 is about these laws If he gave over money: he needs to repay. if he gave over money or people he does not have a part in the world to come If he gave over 3 times money or people: we try to kill him passively. If he will do it: we can use any means to stop him even to kill him (is a mitszva, first one to come gets to do ...



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