Is a nocturnal emission, also known as keri, a sin? If it happens to you at night, is teshuvah necessary?

  • Why might you think it is or isn’t? – DonielF Jul 25 '18 at 13:52
  • Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (d. 1810) compiled ten psalms to be recited as repentence for a nocturnal emission called the Tikkun HaKlali, so I would believe at least in his view it is a sin. – ezra Jul 25 '18 at 16:36
  • @Ezra I don't see how it could be. You didn't actually do anything so I don't see how it could be a issur. Also note that you can do teshuva for something that is not a sin. Like a nazir brings a sin offering even though what becoming is not only allowed but maybe sorta sometimes encouraged. – Orion Jul 26 '18 at 4:46
  • @Orion Ever heard of an unintentional sin? – ezra Jul 26 '18 at 5:14
  • @Ezra you mean a אונס? You're not chayiv for that. I believe it's a discussion if it's even considered like you've done anything. Unless you mean bishogeg/ negligence? In which case I think you're just chayiv for being negligent. Plus what could you have even done here? – Orion Jul 26 '18 at 5:41

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