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Did Kozbi deserve to die?

Good question. Or HaChaim (Bamidbar 25:8) asks the same question, and answers that she had the דין of the animal involved in bestiality -- "ואת הבהמה תהרוגו," "and you shall kill the animal" (Vayikra ...
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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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Did Yael Sleep with Sisra?

The source is Gemara Nazir 23b: אמר ר"נ בר יצחק גדולה עבירה לשמה ממצוה שלא לשמה והאמר רב יהודה אמר רב לעולם יעסוק אדם בתורה ובמצות אפי' שלא לשמן שמתוך שלא לשמן בא לשמן אלא אימא כמצוה שלא לשמה דכתיב ...
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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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Why is the daughter of a married woman permissible?

Halochos Gedolos - Halachos Arayos brings that this question was asked by Yosi ben Tadai Ish Teveria to Rabbi Gamliel. Rabbi Gamliel answered him that it would be impossible for a Kohain Gadol to ever ...
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If a woman, whose husband is away, becomes pregnant, is she assumed to be adulterous?

This was already discussed in שולחן ערוך אבן העזר ד סעיף יד האשה שהיה בעלה במדינת הים ושהה שם יותר מי"ב חדש וילדה אחר י"ב חדש, הולד ממזר, שאין הולד שוהה במעי אמו יותר מי"ב חדש. ויש מי שאומר שאינו ...
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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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Providing services to a forbidden ceremony

There are two concerns here: chanufa, which means telling a sinner that you approve of their sinful action; and mesayea / lifnei iver, being involved in (or enabling) someone else's sin. For a rabbi ...
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Are civil divorces not recognized by Orthodox rabbis?

There are only two ways out of a kosher marriage: a kosher get or death of a spouse. (Kiddushin 2a) It doesn't sound like any semblance of the former (a document handwritten by a Jew for the divorce ...
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Why did God created physical impulse towards the "wrong" women

UPDATE The question was edited to add the reference to the fact that when the Yetzer Hara was totaly eliminated, chickens stopped laying eggs. This means that the general concept of "lust" means that ...
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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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Why is the torah so misleading without the oral law

Introduction What could be contained in this question, and manner in which we answer it, is going to depend on several things. First of all, we should clarify what we're asking about: your specific ...
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Why did King David request for Michal to be returned to him if she was remarried?

See Shabbos 13b with Rashi and Sanhedrin 19-20, Palti put a sword in their bed and never came close to her. He is praised more than Yosef and Boaz for his control.
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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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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 is the daughter of a married woman permissible?

This exact question is asked in the first perek of Derech Eretz Rabba. As recounted in another answer essentially the response is that this Kal V'Chomer would be oker (uproot) something from the torah,...
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How do we know that a potential korban is not אֶתְנַן זוֹנָה וּמְחִיר כֶּלֶב?

This is a classic ruba d'leisa kaman. In the overall population, a very, very small number of animals are prohibited. Knowing nothing else, presented with an animal before us, we assume it is ...
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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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Prohibition on relations with a gentile woman

To avoid repetition I will address only the relative prohibition of Jews and non-Jews, not the nature of the prohibition of non-Jews discussed fairly extensively in the linked page. At face value the ...
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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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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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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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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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Did Kozbi deserve to die?

Perhaps there was nothing particular about this act that justified her execution. However, it was still justifiable. The Beis Yosef Y.D 158, followed by the Rema (Darkei Moshe 158:2) and the Shach (...
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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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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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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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