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Giving up ones life על קידוש ה׳ not to transgress גילוי עריות

Probably the most famous story about a group that gave up their lives instead of doing Gilui Arayot is the story about 400 boys and girls that gave up their lives, as brought down in the Talmud Gittin ...
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Source that a married woman seduced by a “messianic figure” is still permitted to her husband

It sounds like you might be looking for Binyan Tzion 154 (R. Yaakov Ettlinger). Although the case discussed is of a man claiming to be Elijah the Prophet, and seducing a woman by telling her that she ...
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"She may marry any Jewish man"

They meant "other than a Kohen, she can marry any Jewish man that a born-Jewess can marry"; her status as a convert poses no additional issues. (In fact, she can marry more men than a born-Jewess, as ...
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For those who hold that David sinned, how was he allowed to ever marry Bat Sheba?

The Gemara in Kesubos 9a asks that question and gives two answers 1) The woman only becomes forbidden (to her husband, and as a consequence also to the adulterer) if she willingly commits adultery. ...
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Can a woman who commits adultery do teshuva and return to her husband?

Maimonides writes in Laws of Divorce 11:14 that Deuteronomy 24 does indeed apply in the case of a married woman willingly committing adultery, such that she is then forbidden from returning to her ...
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Why Shammai says that a man can only divorce his wife due to adultery?

The opinion of the House of Shammai, as quoted in the Mishnah (Gittin 90a), is: Beit Shammai say: A man may not divorce his wife unless he finds out about her having engaged in a matter of ...
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If a man sees his wife cheating, can he kill both on the spot?

Absolutely not. If a man commits adultery with a married woman, committing adultery with another man’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall be put to death. (Vayikra 20:10) (see also ...
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Adressed to the orthodox: I am a goy who has committed adultery, should I end myself as a capital punishment?

I am an Italian Noahide. Rambam says, in Mishneh Torah-Hilchot Melachim 9:8 When is a gentile woman considered divorced? When her husband removes her from his home and sends her on her own or when ...
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Contradiction if forbidden relations are logical or beyond human reasoning

Listing arayot as one of the commandments that one only abstains from because God said so is not Rambam's invention. His statement here is more or less a direct quote from a Midrash Halacha: Sifra 4:9 ...
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Why teaching kids Torah is the only forbidden profession for singles Yihud-wise?

The reason for the Mishna in Kiddushin prohibiting singles to teach children is not because of the technical prohibition of Yichud, but due to a general concern of the single building relationships ...
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Lesbianism would be prohibited based on what principle?

The Rambam was not a legislator such than he made up altogether new categories of law and prohibitions. The Mishneh Torah is an attempt to systematize as a restatement the law of the rabbis as it ...
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Pinchas-style act nowadays

The mishna says הבועל ארמית קנאין פוגעין בו. This is a limited law for only one specific case of a sexual sin. The gemara limits further and says that one can only kill the perpetrators in the case ...
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Why does God hate sexual immorality?

Rabbi Mayer Twersky writes: Rashi, commenting on the verse "you shall be holy" (Vayikra 19:2) states: "abstain from sexual immorality ... because wherever you find abstention from sexual ...
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Would Yosef sleeping with the wife of Potifar have been a sin?

Yes, there is an issue of mitsvat asse in bne noach from which we can say that it have been a sin. See Talmud Bavli Kiddushin 21b: וראית בשביה ת"ר וראית בשביה בשעת שביה אשת ואפילו אשת איש Our ...
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Is there a gentile Mamzer?

A mamzer (bastard) is born from an illegal (forbidden) marriage or adultery. However, regarding a gentile, BT (Sot. 26b) states: דאמר רבי יוחנן משום רבי ישמעאל מנין לעובד כוכבים ועבד שבאו על הכהנת ...
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Does Devarim 23:18 prohibit pre-marital relations

Rav Hirsch explains that the term קדוש is the complete surrender to the moral good while קדש is the complete surrender to the morally bad. As a result, he says that this forbids all forms of sexual ...
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Egg donation within a family

Nishmat's Women’s Health and Halacha deals with some of these issues. The page on “Egg Donation & Surrogacy” contains this information: There is no clear halachic consensus as to whether the ...
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Mishkav/Mishkave... , Is there a difference?

The phrase means literally "the lying of a man" and is euphemistic for intimate relations as performed by a man, which is how it is generally translated in the verses (Numbers 31:17-18) you ...
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Queen Heleni was married to her brother--but I thought she kept all the derabanans

Here is the relevant text from Josephus (Antiquities of the Jews, Book 20, ch. 2): "About this time it was that Helena, queen of Adiabene, and her son Izates, changed their course of life, and ...
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Yehareg v'al ya'avor – what about after?

Regarding your initial assumptions: 1) I recall a kina in which the children of R' Yishmael (haKohen Gadol) are put in a dark room together and forced to have relations. As noted by @kouty there is ...
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How did Tamar know that Yehuda will sleep with a prostitute?

According to a Midrash here, he in fact passed her by, at which point she prayed to God that he should in fact sin with her. As summarized in the Da'as Zekeinim here (alhatorah.org translation): ...
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Children of post-adulterous forbidden union - mamzerim?

If she is still having relations with her husband at the time and is only one off relations G-d forbid with someone else we say in Sotah 27a and Shulchan Aruch even haezer 4,15: אשה מזנה ...
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Jewish married men and affair with non-Jewish women

Adultery, or Arayot in Hebrew, in Jewish law is (according to yeshiva.co here) the prohibited sexual relations a man or woman, married or not, can't have. The list appears in Torah, Vayikra 18 ...
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The halachic prohibition of sexual promiscuity and adultery in the case of an infertile woman

Non-marital sex (and even prostitution) is permitted for Noahides, by the way. Adultery is not. It is true that in Maimonides' list of commandments, his brief comment justifying the prohibition on non-...
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Relationships with step-family

Shut Peulat Tzadik 1:4 writes that this is permitted without any doubt. This is also the opinion of Piskei HaRid (Yevamot 2a) וכן נמי יכול ראובן לישא אחות רחל שהיא אשת אביו
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Adultery in Gentile Marriage

Just to isolate your question. If a non-jew had ביאה שלא כדרכה, unnatural relations, with another non-jewish married woman without the permission of her husband he is חייב מיתה. This is explicit in ...
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Why does God hate sexual immorality?

Ramban (Vayikra 18:6) comments that while the Rambam and Ibn Ezra tried to give a reason that in order to minimize sexual promiscuity the Torah forbade sexual relationships with those women one is ...
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Why does God hate sexual immorality?

This question is interesting because the Gemara begins with this issue "אלהיהם של אלו שונא זימה הוא". But if we read each word of the text we find that the main issue is Idolatry. I will quote a Rashi:...
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Is a woman believed to say she had an affair

If there is no outside reason to believe her (eg witnesses), we do not believe her. Shulchan Aruch, Even HaEzer 115:6: אֵין עֵדִים שֶׁזִּנְּתָה, אֶלָּא שֶׁהִיא אוֹמֶרֶת שֶׁזִּנְּתָה, אֵין חוֹשְׁשִׁין ...
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Why is it important to stress the "prostitute" part of Tamar's plan regarding Yehuda?

Ralbag in his commentary there follows his general practice of listing the lessons derived from the Scriptural narrative. In this case he lists 17 lessons that are derived from the story of Judah. ...
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