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Questions tagged [sin]

Relating to the categorization of a sinful act in Jewish Law, the examination of a sin recorded in Jewish texts, or the nature of sin in Jewish thought.

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What does Judaism say about the Original sin?

DISCLAIMER: I am not Jewish nor am I a follower of Judaism. I have read the Torah, prophets and writings with Rashi commentary, also have read some of the Midrash, and read/watch some of today's ...
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Are those below age 20 forgiven more easily?

Are those who are below 20, forgiven by Hashem more easily than others? The Gemmorah in Shabbat 89b says: "דל עשרין דלא ענשת עלייהו" - Subtract the first twenty years of his life. [One is not ...
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Was it right for David to hang Saul's descendants for their father's sin?

In II Samuel chapter 21, David orders the hanging of seven males from Saul's issue (at the request of the Gibeonites) for Saul's wiping out of Nob. When I read this chapter, I was confused. We know ...
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Is there a Jewish theology equivalent to Calvinism?

I have a question that may seem odd, but bear with me. Basically, I'm wondering whether there's any Jewish theology analogous to Calvinist Christianity. I am NOT wondering about the salvation/...
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Is saying Shutup to a fellow Jew a sin?

If someone says something to offend you, can you just reply with a “Shutup!”, or will this be considered as hurting one’s feelings? This is a serious question. If it is a sin how else can you let ...
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Is a noncturnal emission (Keri) a sin?

Is a nocturnal emission, also known as keri, a sin? If it happens to you at night, is teshuvah necessary?
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In Judaism, is there a view which similar to the Original Sin of Christianity?

First I would like to describe a little bit of my background. I'm not Jewish and I'm not a Christian. Currently I'm in a debate with some Christian members in a Christian Forum with our mother ...
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When can I attend service (Shabbat) after seminal emission? [closed]

Unmarried, 22 year old Jewish man here. I've been consciously trying to get myself rid of masturbation for a year now. I started to take precautions and I take this fight very seriously now. I put a ...
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If somebody is over 60 and does an aveirah for which the punishment is misah biyedei shamayim, what happens?

I was learning today's Tanya (יג תמוז, beginning of אגרת התשובה פרק ד) I have a question based on the following part: כשעבר עבירה שחייבים עליה כרת, הי׳ מת ממש קודם חמשים שנה A violator of a ...
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Murder in Eretz Yisrael

The Gemara in Yoma (85a) argues that murder is more chamur than chilul Shabbos because it "contaminates the land and drives away the Shechina" ושפיכות דמים מטמא את הארץ וגורם לשכינה שתסתלק מישראל ...
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Contradiction in Chelkas Yoav regarding lifnei iver when the aveira is done by oness

The Chelkas Yoav (vol.1:1) says that when a katan (minor) eats a forbidden food his enjoyment of the food is considered an aveira. The reason that he is not punished is since he is unresponsible for ...
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Which is a more severe aveira, murder or chilul (desecrating) Shabbos?

Which is a more severe aveira, murder or chilul (desecrating) Shabbos? On the one hand we know that murder is Yeheraig V'al yaavor (one of the 3 capital crimes for which one must give up his life). ...
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Death over sins & idolatry for gentiles?

As we know there are certain sins a Jew cannot commit like murder or idol worship. A Jew should rather die than commit these sins. Does this apply to gentiles as well?
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Ramban - Every sin deserves more suffering than Iyov received

Where does the Ramban say that in reality we deserve more suffering than Iyov received for every sin we do and it is only because of Hashem's incredible mercy that we don't get anywhere near what we ...
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Does Hashem create a Michshol?

There is a Jewish law forbidding putting a michshol, a stumbling block, in front of a blind person. This is extended also to mean that one should not lead others into sin, including providing the ...
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Is there a status of Tinok Shenishba for non-Jews?

If someone is brought up as a non-Jew even though he is Jewish he is considered a Tinok shenishba bein hanochrim and is an unwitting transgressor, not held accountable for his actions. Would he same ...
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What are the consequences of homosexuality?

We all know that homosexual intercourse is forbidden in Judaism (directly from Torah). But that it also has consequences in the spiritual world as everything in the physical realm has its ...
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Does one commit a sin by contemplating to do a sin? [Not referring to UNCLEAN thoughts]

(ספר שערי תשובה (שער ג' אות מא ** ( ולא תתורו אחרי לבבכם ואחרי עיניכם (במדבר טו הזהרנו בזה שלא לחשוב לעשות עבירה וכל דבר פשע וחטא Shaarei Teshuvah [Gates of Repentance] Gate 3:41 [loosely ...
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Is someone permitted to force another person to do an Aveira by threatening him with death?

Is someone permitted to force another person to do an aveira (sin) by threat of death, [If the person doing the forcing does not actually intend to carry out his threat]? If not, why not? Since the ...
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What happens to a gentile if he doesn’t keep the 7 laws [duplicate]

What happens to non Jews who don’t observe the laws like idolatrous things such as Hindus. Will they cease or spend 12 months in gehenom and then go to heaven . What iof their good deeds.
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what is the source that a parent carries the sins of their children when the children are minors?

As a child I learned that a minor is not culpable for his or her sins and that any negative effect from those sins is borne by the parent (I don't recall if it was specifically the father). I would ...
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Difference between sins of Saul and sins of David?

Two of the most prominent Kings of Israel in the Scripture are Saul and David. These two men are given the most attention in 1 and 2 Samuel. David and Saul are foils of one another. Saul was rejected ...
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Gehinnom; the place where the confrontation with one's own sins helps to purify this person?

I have a question about Gehinnam/Gehinnom which is often pictured as a big washing machine, a place for purification, a purgatory. But once I came across a teaching/scripture describing that at this ...
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Pre Marital relations and wasted seed

Do pre-marital relations count as wasted semen after intercourse? What does Halacha say about this situation? It would obviously be a sin but would it count as wasted seed if ejaculation occurred ...
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Does חֵטְא וְעָוֹן include violating positive commandments

Do the words commonly mentioned in scripture E.g exedos 34,6 ֶפֶַשע חֵטְא וְעָוֹן specifically refer to negative commandments that one transgresses or do they include not performing positive ...
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Is one exempt from asking forgiveness for a sin against another if the result of that apology could lead to greater consequences for the community?

To get to the specifics: A Jew sinned against someone but that person may not actually be aware of it. (Lets use the example that you stole from his shop and he never noticed) In the scenario I'm ...
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When it comes to desecrating Hashem's names, is printing Hashem's names on paper electronically equal to writing the name by hand on parchment? [duplicate]

Jewish law takes extreme precaution when writing out Hashem's name. We famously have locations for placing old Siddurs and texts in order to keep Hashem's name and word in places of sanctity. When ...
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is there any redemption for a gentile who breaks any of the 7 Noahide laws

If a gentile breaks any of the 7 laws of Noah, are they doomed? Is there any way for them to redeem themselves, or is their fate sealed? Does it depend on which laws they break and how often they ...
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Why is alcohol not prohibited?

I came across a post on Mi Yodea about the Torah approach to alcohol and a lot of it seems pretty negative. For example, Brachot 40a - 'grapes cause sorrow to the world', Yoma 76 - wine is called יין ...
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Can one reach the point where he can no longer do teshuvah?

If someone caused pain to multiple people or caused irreversible damage, can he possibly be in a situation where he can no longer do teshuvah? If so, what does hashem want from him at this juncture?
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Which sins are specifically punished with earthquake?

There were/are earthquakes in many countries in the world in the past few days. If earthquake is a form punishment from Hashem, then which sins are punished by such? I/We can use the answer to ...
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What is the worst aveirah? [closed]

"Worst" is subjective so a broad overview and several inputs would be appreciated Worst can mean: The sin that brings about the greatest punishment (already mentioned); the sins that most distance ...
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3 major sins versus suicide

According to the rambam that unlike all other prohibitory mitzvos there are 3 that one must give up one's life for rather than be forced to commit. Does the requirement to give up one's life rather ...
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If a Jew violates a Rabbinically established “fence” on a law, is that the same as sinning against Hashem?

This question is in no way a challenge to Rabbinical authority. This question has more to do with the philosophy of sin and how Hashem holds us accountable for our actions. If you commit an act ...
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Is speaking ill of the dead permitted if you are expressing the act as a means of educating someone of a mistake?

In Judaism, there is the established rule of not speaking ill of the dead. It's a forbidden act. According to the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, if one insulted someone who died, he should ask forgiveness ...
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Would suicide be considered acceptable if it was done to prevent yourself being sacrificed to an idol deity?

This is an oddly specific question but the thought came to me and I wanted to know what your opinions on it would be. Historically speaking, human sacrifice was a regular occurrence in various pagan ...
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Are Tabletop Roleplay Games a sin?

I'm an atheist (agnostic with a Christian background) Game master. One of my Jewish friend showed interested in one of my roleplay campaign, while I'd be very happy to introduce him to the game, I ...
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What sin(s) would be involved if a married man slept with another woman?

If a married Jewish man had an extramarital relationship with a woman who was not in the category of arayos or issurei biah, what, if any, sins would he have committed, and to what, if any, punishment ...
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Is there a Rabbinical argument that Hashem holds Baal Teshuva to a different standard from those born in observant households?

This question may sound strange but I'm attempting to find a source for an argument I heard made by someone very recently. I'm assuming this is a known argument which I'm just unfamiliar with the ...
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Medrash Tanchumah 0n Teshuvah

I read a book which quoted the Medrash Tanchumah (Parshas Vayeira 18) as stating the following: "Teshuvah so powerful that it eradicates one’s sins so that no blemishes remain on his soul." I looked ...
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Killed al Kiddush Hashem

Is there a source for the notion that someone who is killed "Al Kiddush Hashem" is not held accountable for his sins and goes straight to Gan Eden? Does this apply only when dying willingly?
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Is teshuva supposed to be done only when you know you're realistically capable of never sinning again?

Is teshuva done for each mitzvah individually? What if you realistically feel that you don't have it in you (yet) to refrain from commiting a certain sin ever again?
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What is the phrase “sin of youth” (חטאת נעורים) referring to, as used in the Tanya?

"Sin of youth" (Heb. חטאת נעורים) is a phrase found in various places in the Tanach. (For example, Tehillim 25:7 and Shmuel I 2:17.) I was told that in Tanya, Chapter 42, "sin of youth" is a ...
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Questioner's liability for receiving a wrong psak

If someone as a competent Rav a shaila, and the Rav was wrong, is the "questioner" liable? For example, if someone asked a Rav if one is permitted to water his plants on Shabbat and the Rav mistakenly ...
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Would Yosef sleeping with the wife of Potifar have been a sin?

My understanding from Sanhedrin 82a is that there is no halachic construct of marriage by non-Jews and as such Potifar(a)'s "wife" should not have been forbidden to Yosef. It was only later during the ...
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Don't teach if they won’t follow…?

Is there not a principle that one should not tell another Jew or group of Jews the Halacha if he or she knows for certain that the Jew or the group of Jews will violate it? If there is such a ...
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“Fathers shall not be put to death because of sons, nor shall sons be put to death because of fathers” - Contradiction?

Devarim 24:16 Fathers shall not be put to death because of sons, nor shall sons be put to death because of fathers; each man shall be put to death for his own transgression. Here is a passuk most ...
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Why didn't Moshe abort the spies' mission? He had doubts!

What was Moshe's mindset regarding sending the spies? Specifically: He seemed to have his doubts because he blessed Yehoshua by adding the letter "Heh" to his name so Hashem should protect him. Why ...
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In Parshas Behalosecha why did Bnei Yisrael need to cry for meat?

In Parshas Behalosecha (Bamidbar 11:4), Bnei Yisrael cry for meat in the wilderness. Bnei Yisrael had plenty of animals of their own. Were they permitted to eat this meat? Additionally, could they ...