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The עיקר תוי"ט on Mishna 9:5 in Sanhedrin (the one you quoted) brings a verse to explain why he deserves to be put to death; because he doesn't care about his life. דגברא בר קטלא הוא בידי שמים, וקרובי הוא דלא מקרב קטלי'. וכיון דקא מוותר ליה לנפשיה לעבירות של כרת, מקרבים ליה לקטלה עלויה. ורמיזא בקרא דכתיב תְּמוֹתֵת רָשָׁע רָעָה (תהילים ל"ד:כ"ב). ...


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I have a theory of why this method of execution is described. My theory is that the point of this Gemara is to provide an extreme example of the extent of the Sanhedrin's authority. The Gemara does not say that "this is what must be done to these people" but rather says that "this is what may be done" Below is an article detailing a gruesome method of ...


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Tzaar Baalei Chayim is permitted for human benefit, even monetary loss. The Gemara in Shabbos allows leaving heavy bags on an animal when the alternative is to cut the rope, allowing the packages to fall and break. We also find in Avoda Zara how they used to de-hoof an animal when a king died, in some form of honor. How to weigh the significance of the ...


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It is unquestionably cruel to destroy or relocate a nest containing eggs and/or fledglings. The problem is due to the fact that birds are relatively stupid. Whereas, if I moved your house a short distance from its current location, you would obviously look for it and quickly find it, birds don't work this way. If a mother bird is out looking for food, ...



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