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I think that it certainly would be better to give up your life to not be sacrificed to an idol since there are multiple cases with the cantonists where the Tzemach Tzedek (זצ״ל) told them that it would be better to give up your life al kiddush Hashem than to convert to christianity. You can probably apply that here to.


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Dr. Lawrence Schiffman addresses this question in his book Who Was a Jew?: Rabbinic and Halakhic Perspectives on the Jewish Christian Schism. The answer he provides for Christianity is that it was a gradual process but there were major milestones such as the promulgation of the blessing against heretics in the amida and the banning of Jews from Jerusalem ...


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Rav Pesach Feinhandler in Avnei Yasfei 3:76 writes that he does not see why teshuva doesn't help. He brings a proof from chelev(forbidden fats) that if one ate cheilev (shogeg) he can bring a korban chatas and the Torah (Vayikra 4:35) already says that one gets a kapparah(atonement). If one can get a kapparah by chelev which has an issur of kares ,then ...


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There is a famous story about Rb Akiva Eiger in which a boy was unable to progress with his learning and it was determined this was because he had eaten non-kosher food at a chasunah (by mistake). I believe the tikkun recommended by Rb Akiva Eiger was for the boy to go into galus to learn Torah (i.e. to go to a far away yeshiva). The idea behind this seems ...


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The issue is adressed directly in the end of the tractate Eiruvin: תָּנוּ רַבָּנַן: הַכֹּל נִכְנָסִין בַּהֵיכָל לִבְנוֹת לְתַקֵּן וּלְהוֹצִיא אֶת הַטּוּמְאָה, וּמִצְוָה בְּכֹהֲנִים. אִם אֵין שָׁם כֹּהֲנִים — נִכְנָסִין לְוִיִּם, אֵין שָׁם לְוִיִּם — נִכְנָסִין יִשְׂרְאֵלִים. וְאִידֵּי וְאִידֵּי, טְהוֹרִין — אִין, טְמֵאִין — לָא. אָמַר רַב הוּנָא: רַב ...


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While Kind David was prevented from building the first Temple because he had shed much blood, it had nothing to do with impurity (Tum'ah). How do I know this? Firstly, King David wasn't planning on becoming a builder. At the time he was already elderly and was very busy running a country. Clearly he was going to have workers do the actual building. Secondly,...


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Rabbi Yitzchak Zilberstein (Chashukei Chemed to Beitzah 32a) rules that according to all opinions, one may separate challahs that have been baked together, since there is no concept of Makeh Bepatish in foods: ‏ שאלה: הוציאו מהתנור שתי לחמניות מחוברות, ובשבת רוצה לבצוע ולברך עליהם, האם מותר להפרידם, כדי לקיים לחם משנה? ‏ תשובה נחלקו רבותינו אם צריך להפריד ...


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