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Not finding your bashert is a punishment for doing zera levatala?

The Kabalistic work "Tikunei Zohar" (30a) mentions this as a punishment for a person who has relations with women he should not be having relations with. It is stated there that is that this ...
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Which sins are beyond punishment?

I found a case attributed to the Semag (one of the last ba'alei Tosfos) where a sin is so heinous that not only is forgiveness not an option, but we don't administer capital punishment since putting ...
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Why were Er and Onan punished if they were under 20?

This exact question was asked by the Tosafist R. Yehuda Ben Elazar in his commentary to Genesis 38:10: וא"ת למה נענשו ער ואונן והלא לא היו אלא בני ח' שנה כדאי' בסדר עולם ואמרי' בית דין של מעלה ...
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Does Hashem reward you for keeping negative mitzvot?

Mishnah Makkot 3:15: רַבִּי שִׁמְעוֹן אוֹמֵר, מִמְּקוֹמוֹ הוּא לָמֵד, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (ויקרא יח) וְנִכְרְתוּ הַנְּפָשׁוֹת הָעֹשֹׂת וְגוֹ', וְאוֹמֵר (שם) אֲשֶׁר יַעֲשֶׂה אֹתָם הָאָדָם וָחַי בָּהֶם. הָא, ...
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Does the Torah ever mention jail as a punishment for a crime?

Rambam Hilchot Rotzeach 4:3: הַמַּכֶּה אֶת חֲבֵרוֹ בְּאֶבֶן אוֹ בְּאֶגְרוֹף וְכַיּוֹצֵא בָּהֶן אוֹמְדִין אוֹתוֹ. אִם אֲמָדוּהוּ לְחַיִּים נוֹתֵן חֲמִשָּׁה דְּבָרִים וְנִפְטָר. וַאֲפִלּוּ חָלָה ...
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Punishment for Eating Non-Kosher

The prescribed punishment for intentionally eating meat of a non-kosher animal (e.g. pork) is lashes. Rambam writes in Hilchot Maachalot Assurot 2:2: כל האוכל מבשר בהמה וחיה טמאה כזית לוקה מן ...
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Is there any reward for the intent or attempt to do a mitzvah?

Kiddushin 40a מחשבה טובה מצרפה למעשה שנאמר אז נדברו יראי ה' איש אל רעהו ויקשב ה' וישמע ויכתב ספר זכרון לפניו ליראי ה' ולחושבי שמו מאי ולחושבי שמו אמר רב אסי אפילו חשב אדם לעשות מצוה ונאנס ולא עשאה ...
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Does teshuva remove punishment?

There is a disagreement between the Rambam and the Raavad regarding the Ir Hanidachas - wayward city, whether it is possible to remove the punishment if the town did indeed repent. The Rambam (עבודת ...
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What is the punishment before Vayehi Bineso'ah Ha'aron?

Ramban to Numbers 10:35 : וקרא החטא "פורענות" אע"פ שלא אירע להם ממנו פורענות ושמא אלמלא חטאם זה היה מכניסם לארץ מיד Chazal call the sin "punishment" even though no punishment occured, maybe ...
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From where/Why do you get more reward for doing a obligated mitzvah than a non obligated mitzvah?

The source that someone obligated in a mitzvah receives more reward than someone not obligated is a statement of R. Chanina which appears several times in the Talmud. The first appearance is Kiddushin ...
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What is the punishment for someone who talks another person into committing suicide?

Suicide = Self Murder = Murder There's no difference if you murder someone else, or if you murder yourself. If you consider murder to be a sin, then you should also consider suicide to be a sin. ...
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What happens if a Jewish king marries a 19th wife?

Rambam, Hilchos Melachim 3:2: ואם הוסיף אחת ובעלה לוקה If he adds an extra wife and has relations with her, he gets lashed. So that answers question #3. As for the others: On the face of it, ...
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What percentage of the humanity must sin to cause G-d to wipe them all?

10 righteous people (or 9, rounding up) were required to prevent the destruction of humanity. Noach and crew were only 8, therefore they could not save the world. Clearly, by the standard that G-d was ...
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High priest’s death pardoning criminals?

Numbers 35:28 records the rule that someone guilty of involuntary manslaughter (who had to be exiled to a ‘city of refuge’) is allowed to return home upon the death of the High Priest.
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Does Moshiach bear our sins, in any sense?

The source may be Sanhedrin 98a. ר' יהושע בן לוי אשכח לאליהו דהוי קיימי אפיתחא דמערתא דרבי שמעון בן יוחאי אמר ליה אתינא לעלמא דאתי אמר ליה אם ירצה אדון הזה אמר רבי יהושע בן לוי שנים ראיתי וקול ג' ...
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Yom Kippur more lenient than Shabbos?

The Gemara in Megila 22b inform us: נקוט האי כללא בידך כל דטפי ליה מילתא מחבריה טפי ליה גברא יתירא הלכך בר''ח ומועד דאיכא קרבן מוסף קורין ארבעה ביו''ט דאסור בעשיית מלאכה חמשה ביוה''כ דענוש כרת ששה ...
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Giving your z'chus to someone else

As noted by Rabbi Natan Slifkin, there does not appear to be much early precedent for such an idea, at least as you're describing: In my essay "What Can One Do For Someone Who Has Passed Away?&...
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Benefits of and punishments for Shabbat

DailyHalacha has a nice summary based on the Tur on SA OC 242 The Tur cites a number of passages from the Talmud that underscore the importance of observing and enjoying Shabbat: 1) One who ...
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Does Hashem care about Halachah Lemaase?

Shabbat 130a ת"ר במקומו של ר"א היו כורתין עצים לעשות פחמין לעשות ברזל בשבת במקומו של ר' יוסי הגלילי היו אוכלין בשר עוף בחלב לוי איקלע לבי יוסף רישבא קריבו ליה רישא דטוותא בחלבא לא אכל כי ...
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What is my status with God?

Judaism is matrilineal. That means you're not Jewish; at that point, we just review what Judaism opines non-Jews should keep, i.e. the "Noahide laws." Circumcision -- non-Jews can circumcise or not, ...
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If Jews don't believe in heaven, what reason do they have to follow a moral code?

The Sifrei, commenting on the verse to love the LORD your God, states: שמא תאמר הריני למד תורה בשביל שאעשיר בשביל שאקרא רבי בשביל שאקבל שכר לעולם הבא תלמוד לומר לאהבה את ה' אלהיכם כל שאתם עושים לא ...
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Does the Torah ever mention jail as a punishment for a crime?

You ask if the Torah prescribes locking someone away as a punishment. The Talmud Yerushalmi (Moed Katan 3:1) explicitly mentions this in a discussion of those allowed to cut their hair on Hol Hamoed ...
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A wife wants to stop going to the mikva. What does that mean for the husband?

You might explain it to your wife like this: Judaism makes the most important things in life mandatory rather than optional. It is not optional for a Jew to pray. It is not optional for him to have ...
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Which sins are specifically punished with drought?

Avos, chapter five, says, in part and in my own translation: Seven types of punishment come to the world for seven bodies of sin: Some tithe and some don't tithe, a famine of drought comes, and ...
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Spies punishment midda kneged midda?

The Be'er Basadeh (commenting on this Rashi) explains that the land of Israel is called the tibor/navel of the world because it is considered the center of the world, just as the navel is the center ...
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Why do the best of doctors go to Gehinnom according to the Maharsha?

I am reminded of an insight I heard from R' Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l. Shaul was assigned the job of killing all of the tribe of Amaleiq. He led a war that almost did it; but he left one person -- ...
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Does Hashem reward you for keeping negative mitzvot?

Rashi in Deut 12:25 does imply that one would be rewarded for abstaining from a negative commandment even when there is no desire. The Torah provides a reward for not eating blood even though one ...
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Why were Er and Onan punished if they were under 20?

In Kallah Rabasi 4:6 it mentions the fact that Er and Onan were punished by heavenly court, followed by the fact that children can reach lofty levels. The Nachlas Yaakov, a commentary printed on the ...
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Egalitarian references in Chazal

מעיד אני עלי את השמים ואת הארץ, בין ישראל בין עכו״ם, בין איש בין אשה, בין עבד ובין שפחה הכל לפי מעשה שהוא עושה - כך רוח הקודש שורה עליו. (Seder Eliyahu Raba 9). And Avoda Zara 3a (Rabbi Meir). See ...
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