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I read a talmudic source recently suggesting an 'exemption' for 'blasphemous' statements uttered in situations of extreme distress - the source for which was Talmudic, and this was articulated in the context of an experience of the Shoah - does anyone know this Talmud source that articulates this view?

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    Hello buberfanboy and welcome to mi.yodeya! Could you provide any more information on the context in which you heard about this exemption or the statement in question? I look forward to seeing you around the site! – WAF Feb 3 '13 at 20:52
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The Talmud, in discussing Iyov (Bava Basra 16b), quotes Rava:

אין אדם נתפס בשעת צערו
A person is not liable (lit. trapped) [for what he says] during a moment of pain.

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