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No one is punished only because of ancestral sins. The Torah very clearly says לא יומתו אבות על בנים and איש בחטאו יומתו (Devarim 24:15) The Gemara (Sanhedrin 27B) asks about "אֵל קַנָּא פֹּקֵד עֲוֺן אָבֹת עַל־בָּנִים עַל־שִׁלֵּשִׁים וְעַל־רִבֵּעִים לְשֹׂנְאָי and answers that this is speaking about a situation where the children are continuing to do ...


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Apparently the reason for the levels in charity are that the less you expect to receive remuneration for your charitable act the more this is a true chesed shel emes - kindness of truth. So if you deliberately "cashed in" on your charitable act later, that would reduce the level of the kindness. But if the recipient was introduced to you, the ...


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