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If a married man or woman propositions sexual misconduct to a person, or a man or woman propositions a person they know is married, is there a prescribed penalty according to the law, i.e. would a a court of law apply any punishment, in practice?

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    Note that a married man's sleeping with an unmarried woman is a different prohibition from a married woman's sleeping with an unmarried man. – Double AA Dec 28 '14 at 19:36
  • I doubt there's anything an earthly court would do; I can't say about the Heavenly Court. What do you mean when you say "according to the law"? – Shokhet Dec 28 '14 at 19:44
  • @Shokhet I mean according to the Torah and the Talmud. – Andrew Dec 28 '14 at 20:36
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    @Andrew Still a little unclear.....what I meant to ask you was, is your question about whether a Jewish court of law would take action to punish this, or whether God would punish this? ....you could have the second without having the first. – Shokhet Dec 28 '14 at 21:44
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    I happened to find an answer to your question when I was learning something else, but I can't post it here until I know what you meant to ask -- do you want to know if a court of law will punish this, or what God thinks about it? – Shokhet Dec 30 '14 at 14:45
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In parashat matot the beginning it says if a woman thought that her vow was still in effect, but it had been already nullified by the husband and there is no prohibition, and she "violates", she still needs atonement. This shows that even the attempt to sin needs atonement.

Rabbi Akiva commented on this: if we see even an attempt needs atonement, surely if one actually sinned that they need atonement. See Rashi there.

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    Does the need for atonement entail punishability/penalty "under the law"? – WAF Dec 29 '14 at 3:40
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    Does the need for atonement entail punishability "under the law"? – WAF Dec 29 '14 at 3:41
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    @josef mizrachi - how does that answer the question? – Danny Schoemann Dec 30 '14 at 13:40

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