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As is well known, one is to die rather than murder a Jew, perform adultery and the like, or worship an idol (Sanhedrin 74a). Is blasphemy (i.e. denying one's dedication to the Torah) permissible to save one's life?

I think I remember seeing somewhere that one actually is to give over their life before denying the Torah or even that they are a Jew, since I don't remember the place, hard for me to determine if this was talking about a hypothetical situation (i.e. die before touching a lady that is niddah etc.) or l'maiseh

  • Why wouldn't it be? It isn't one of the major three, so as long as we aren't in a shas dochak (which according to the Rambam would require mesiras nefesh even for 'minor' mitzvos) then professing disbelief to save your life would be fine. Atheism and blasphemy =/= idolatry – Isaac Kotlicky Apr 2 '15 at 14:38
  • @IsaacKotlicky idk maybe something along the lines of chillul hashem needs death to atone, afilu b'shogeg – warz3 Apr 2 '15 at 15:25
  • @IsaacKotlicky I believe that's what his question was asking: whether or not atheism and blasphemy is considered idolatry. If you have a source for your claim, that would answer the question. Edit: Seeing the new comment, it seems like that's not what the question was. – Salmononius2 Apr 2 '15 at 15:26
  • @warz3 That doesn't mean one should let himself get killed over it... – Salmononius2 Apr 2 '15 at 15:27
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    @warz3 DEFINITELY NOT!!! Yes, I know I just shouted that, I just don't want anyone to ever make that assumption, as that is a very toxic mistake. Avodah Zara is Avodah Zara, not some code word for other transgressions. While certain sins might have strong punishments attached to them, it does not mean it's considered Yeharog Ve'al Yeavor. Additionally, when done under duress, there might not be any punishment at all. – Salmononius2 Apr 2 '15 at 15:38

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