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Are there specific behaviors that make someone a rasha?

The Torah Prohibits a Rasha to bear witness as it says Shemos 23:1 "אל תשת רשע עד" (see Sanhedrin 27a). The Rambam defines the parameters of a Rasha Hilchos Eidus 10:2 and 10:4: אי זהו ...
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Are Synagogues "holy ground," offering protection from evil creatures?

Also to the contrary, see Talmud Kiddushin 29b, where the story is told of a demon that attacked people who entered the study hall. הוה ההוא מזיק בי רבנן דאביי דכי הוו עיילי בתרין אפי' ביממא הוו ...
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Why didn't Titus consort with someone worse than a harlot?

While I don't think that the premise for the question is very strong, as Titus may or many not have known about the technical severity of different relationships, and may or may not have cared, as ...
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Are we born wicked/evil?

The Rambam writes in Hilchos Teshuvah 5:2 : אל יעבור במחשבתך דבר זה שאומרים טיפשי האומות ורוב גולמי בני ישראל, שהקדוש ברוך הוא גוזר על האדם מתחילת ברייתו להיות צדיק או רשע. אין הדבר כן, אלא כל אדם ...
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Are we born wicked/evil?

The Torah teaches, that as a result of Adam and Eve’s sin, mankind was given an inclination – or temptation – to do evil. This inclination is described in Bereishis (8:21) as, “The inclination of man'...
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Answer to question in first chapter of Tanya

Chapter 13 He explains that one should see them self "כרשע" as having the capacity for sin and should never let their guard down. But not actually as a rasha.
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How should I understand Rabbeinu Bachya on Numbers 25:13?

There are certain cases in which it is appropriate to kill someone, and certain cased in which killing is inappropriate. Typically appropriate killing would be legal executions. For discussion of when ...
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Learning Torah from a confirmed sinner?

Dovid Lichtenstein, in his excellent book Headlines 2, researched the question and brings many opinions. Among those who rule against learning from a confirmed sinner (sometimes only until they return ...
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What is the process for purifying your home if you believe it may have been previously used for pagan worship?

This is explicitly addressed in Avodah Zarah 3:7: שְׁלשָׁה בָתִּים הֵן. בַּיִת שֶׁבָּנוּי מִתְּחִלָּה לַעֲבוֹדָה זָרָה, הֲרֵי זֶה אָסוּר. סִיְּדוֹ וְכִיְּרוֹ לַעֲבוֹדָה זָרָה וְחִדֵּשׁ, נוֹטֵל מַה ...
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How could Midyan born to two Tzaddikim be so bad that it needed extermination?

One of the main tenets of Judaism is that humans have free choice. That means that in spite being raised in a perfect environment with the the most righteous surroundings, a person can still choose to ...
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Where does evil come from if God is good?

See More Nevuchim, III, 10. Evil and darkness are only lack of goodness and light respectively. Rambam explained that for such "things", the verb "ברא" may be used in Tora, as a verse in Yesha'...
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Are there specific behaviors that make someone a rasha?

Exodus 2:13 "He went out on the second day, and behold, two Hebrew men were quarreling, and he said to the wicked one (Hebrew: "rasha"), "Why are you going to strike your friend?" Rashi comments: ...
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Why does G-d reward reshaim in this world to punish them in the next, if He is good?

In order to answer why God would do it we have to explain why we think He shouldn't do it. I assume that the reason why you (and probably most others) feel that He shouldn't do it is that you feel ...
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What's so bad about looking into the face of a wicked person?

Rav Avigdor Miller was asked this same question: Q: What is the problem with looking at the face of a wicked person? [אסור לאדם להסתכל בצלם דמות אדם רשע – “It is forbidden for one to gaze at ...
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Many Jews died in Plague of Darkness, why not Dathan and Abiram?

The following is a quotation from an essay I wrote addressing this issue: In a famous medrash, the Sages tell us that in addition to functioning as a punishment for the Egyptians, the plague of ...
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Let's Kill Hitler

As the question says this isn't a definitive answer but other than the case of a direct rodef there are other Torah sources indicating that the correct thing is to kill a baby Hitler. Sanhedrin 71b ...
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Let's Kill Hitler

I have some thoughts, but I'm no theologian, so take my conclusion with a grain of salt. Menashe ben Chizkiya is an interesting corollary which suggests that it would not be permitted. I'll review the ...
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Why give gentiles an evil prophet?

Rav Chaim Kanievsky is recorded as having asked this question and answered that Bilam was righteous before he was given nevuah and then became a rasha afterward (because of the power the nevuah gave ...
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Satan meaning Tempter?

'The word 'satan' means 'adversary' and is derived from the verb 'satan' ('to lie in wait'). The word "Satan" is used 24 times in the Tanakh. In Job (1:6 f) and Zec (3:1 f) it has the prefixed ...
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What's the problem with looking at a wicked person? And who does it apply to?

See Megila 28a ...במה הארכת ימים... מימי לא נסתכלתי בדמות אדם רשע דאמר ר' יוחנן אסור לאדם להסתכל בצלם דמות אדם רשע שנא' ... ר"א אמר עיניו כהות ... And the loshon צלם דמות may include even a ...
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Where does evil come from if God is good?

As you said in your question, all things are within Him, the First Cause. Isaiah writes it explicitly in 45:7 (Chabad translations): "Who forms light and creates darkness, Who makes peace and ...
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How did a Rasha know he was a Rasha?

Very good question. I thought that the levels here were based on one's general zerizus (alacrity) to perform mitzvos. The mun fell all over; inside, around, and beyond the camp. Whoever woke up early ...
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Are there specific behaviors that make someone a rasha?

Here is a Halachic definition of Rasha. Contextually, it is used to define personnel who cannot serve as a legal witness. Shulchan Aruch, Choshen Mishpat 34:2: איזה רשע כל שעבר עבירה שחייבים עליה ...
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Let's Kill Hitler

There is a law of killing the pursuer (rodef) which commands us to kill a murderer attempting to kill someone else, before he has done so. The Rambam codifies this in MT Rotzeach uShmirat Nefesh 1:6-7....
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Shepherd and Evil Connected?

בס"ד Sometimes in לשון הקודש one שרש can have opposite meanings because it connotes either the positive or negative of the form. E.g. עזוב תעזוב can mean to assist or more commonly to desert but the ...
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Is there a concept for individuals who are "too" destructive, in that they destabilize all of those around them?

Such a person as Miriam bas Bilgah (or her parents, for that matter)? Sukkah 56b: אלא למ"ד מרים בת בילגה שהמירה דתה משום ברתיה קנסינן ליה לדידיה אמר אביי אין כדאמרי אינשי שותא דינוקא בשוקא או ...
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How did a Rasha know he was a Rasha?

We know that "hamarbeh lo hirbeh vhamamit lo hichsir." No matter how much they collected, they were left with an omer l'gulgolos. Shemos 16 And the children of Israel did so: they gathered, both ...
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How did a Rasha know he was a Rasha?

I'd like to agree with David's chiddush, while we may never know for certain, generally speaking early risers are of positive connotation in society and nature and late rising is usually neutral or ...
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Are there specific behaviors that make someone a rasha?

Someone who is a חוטא ומחטי את הרבים. Someone who wins and causes others to sin. The mishna in Avos (5:18) says : כָּל הַמְזַכֶּה אֶת הָרַבִּים, אֵין חֵטְא בָּא עַל יָדוֹ. וְכָל הַמַּחֲטִיא אֶת ...
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