Besides a person's wedding and Yom Kippur are there any other events which provide someone with atonement just by dint of the occasion itself?

  • You need Teshuva for forgiveness. – Double AA Sep 26 '16 at 19:18
  • @DoubleAA I don't think the Midrash states that about one's wedding. Although one must be wary of reading to much radical implications into a Midrash. – mevaqesh Sep 26 '16 at 23:46
  • @mevaqesh I suspect the OP is confusing "forgiveness" and "atonement", and hence arriving at fantastical ideas. – Double AA Sep 26 '16 at 23:49
  • @DoubleAA I would assume that the former refers to absolution of guilt, and the latter, to makeing up for one's wrongdoing. Accordingly, it would be atonement which requires (by definition) teshuva; not forgiveness. (Did you mean to write: You need Teshuva for atonement?) – mevaqesh Sep 26 '16 at 23:58
  1. Becoming king causes one's sins to be forgiven (Yerushalmi Bikurim 11b)

  2. The Gemara (Sanhedrin 14a) states that assuming certain positions of authority (the Gemara there is discussing semicha, but says it's also true about anyone who is "oleh lgedulah") causes one's sins to be forgiven (See Maharsha, however, for an alternate understanding of the Gemara).

  3. Converting to Judaism causes one's prior sins to be forgiven (Yerushalmi Bikurim 11b).


death and getting killed by bais din

http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/911888/jewish/Teshuvah-Chapter-One.htm in the end

death atones as [Isaiah 22:14] states: "It was revealed in my ears [by] the Lord of Hosts, surely this iniquity will not be atoned for until you die."

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    death and getting killed by bais din From my understanding, getting killed my beit din usually results in death. – mevaqesh Sep 27 '16 at 1:44
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    @mevaqesh :-) from my understanding somethings are not forgiven by death only by being killed by Bais Din , so you can say it is a better forgiveness – hazoriz Sep 27 '16 at 1:46

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