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Why doesn't parashat Pinchas start at the beginning of the story of Pinchas (a few pesukim earlier)?

The story of Pinchas begins at the end of parashat Balak (Bamidbar chapter 25:1-9). Why does the Torah begin parashat Pinchas in verse 10? It seems logical to have started the parasha of Pinchas with.....
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Is a rodef liable for defending himself?

If a rodef kills the person trying to kill him, is he chayav misa? Or is it similar to the case of the zealot where if he is killed in self-defense by his victim, the victim is not chayav?
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How can the Oruch LeNer claim that Pinchas came to enquire if he as a Kohen could do the act of zealotry?

Bamidbor 25 (7 & 8) records the act of zealotry performed by Pinchas. On possuk 7, Rashi says, AND PHINEAS SAW — He saw what was being done and he was thereby reminded of the law on this ...
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"Kanai": What criteria must be met by a defendant charged with murder who claims "kanai" status (halachik answers only please, not hashkafik/musar)

Much has been written about kanaut, and see for example the famous brother and sister Leibowitz, writing separately, but mine is a purely-halachik question: If someone replicates Pinchas's action, ...
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If a jewish man "marries" a non-jewish woman in a goyish court, can zealots attack him? [closed]

The Rambam in the Laws of Forbidden Relations (12:1) writes: כל הבועל גויה, בין דרך חתנות בין דרך זנות--אם בעלה בפרהסיה, והוא שיבעול לעיני עשרה מישראל או יתר--אם פגעו בו קנאין והרגוהו, הרי אלו ...
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halachic justifications for extrajudicial actions

In the jewish law it is allowed to eliminate enemies which threatens to kill him. Are there any other cases where it is allowed to perform violent extrajudicial actions? What happens with spiritual ...
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Were Zimri and Cozbi inside or outside?

Bamidbar 25:6 says: וְהִנֵּה אִישׁ מִבְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל בָּא, וַיַּקְרֵב אֶל-אֶחָיו אֶת-הַמִּדְיָנִית, לְעֵינֵי מֹשֶׁה, וּלְעֵינֵי כָּל-עֲדַת בְּנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל; וְהֵמָּה בֹכִים, פֶּתַח אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד.‏ ...
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Getting in the way of a zealot

When Pinchas slew Cozbi and Zimri, he was acting in accordance to a lesser known law, the law of the zealot, that says that if one sees certain sins being performed (I don't know what qualifies) he is ...
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What things are zealots allowed to do?

If a zealot catches a Jewish man sleeping with a non-Jewish woman he can kill them based on הבועל את הגויה קנאין פוגעין בו. Are there any other halachot like that? Meaning are there any other things ...
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"Boel Aramis": analogue for a woman?

We know that if a man has relations with a non-Jewess, the halacha is A zealot may kill him in the act (Sanhedrin 82a). Both R' Schneersohn (the last one -- in Sichos) and R' Tzadok haCohen miLublin (...
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Does the rule of "zealots may strike him" also apply to a Kohen zealot?

If a Jewish man and non Jewish woman have relations they are not chayav misa, but if caught while in the act, a 'zealot' (kanoi) may kill them. A kohen is not allowed to become tomai, so since this ...
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Why was Kozbi not an eshes yefas toar?

Why was Kozbi bas Tzur not considered an eshes yefas toar (a non-Jewish woman who is taken captive during wartime and is permitted to her captor) who would then be permitted to Zimri? This question ...
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Is Pinchas of Balak/Pinchas same Pinchas as Shoftim?

Is the Pinchas from the generation that left Egypt the same as the Pinchas mentioned in Shoftim 20? Pinchas's zealotry earns him an eternal priesthood because of going above the letter of the law ...
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