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For those who claim that David didn't sin, why didn't he marry Bat Sheva right away?

Rabbeinu Tam seems to be the one who holds that a full, non-conditional, divorce was given before going out to war. Tosfos in Kesubos 9B explains that even so it was done in secret so that people ...
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What Torah issur did the meraglim transgress?

The Torah states (Bamidbar 13:31): But the men who went up with him said, We are not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. On this, our sages comment (Sotah 35a): Rabbi ...
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Mitzvah habaah beaveirah with a rabbinic prohibition

The Shaar Hamelech in Hilchos Lulav 8:1 (paragraph starting with V’Dah Shezeh) addresses this exact question and proves from Rashi in Pesachim 35b that even an issur drabbanan is also enough to make ...
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How were sins atoned for after the destruction of the 1st Temple until the establishment of the 2nd Temple?

The Gemara asks this very same question (Megillah 31b): Abraham said before the Holy One, Blessed be He: Master of the Universe, perhaps, Heaven forbid, the Jewish people will sin before You, and You ...
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Can God influence man to sin?

We know Hashem can influence man to sin. Omnipotence. The question is: Would He? There are different approaches to what happened with Par'oh. The Rambam says that yes, Hashem will take away the ...
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Can only animal sacrifices forgive sins?

When the Beis Hamkdush was standing if a Korbon/sacrifice was required then it was the only way to atone for that particular sin. Technically speaking , even when the Beis Hamkdush was standing you ...
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Can only animal sacrifices forgive sins?

It is not a matter of sacrifice but a matter of repentance. In the book of Yonah the people of Nineveh were forgiven because they sincerely repented. It does not say that Hashem saw their fasting and ...
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If I deny G-d access to my thoughts. Would He read it anyway? Are my thoughts publics by default?

In Vayikra 25:17 it says: You shall not therefore defraud one another; but thou shalt fear thy G-d: for I am the L-rd your G-d. On this pasuk, Rashi explains the proper way to answering someone who ...
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Who else says the Jews violate the Ten Commandments during the first Temple

Someone pointed out to me the source is Eicha Rabbah 1:1: אֵיכָה יָשְׁבָה. שָׁאֲלוּ אֶת בֶּן עַזַּאי אָמְרוּ לוֹ רַבֵּנוּ דְּרשׁ לָנוּ דָּבָר אֶחָד מִמְגִלַּת קִינוֹת, אָמַר לָהֶם לֹא גָּלוּ ...
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Can only animal sacrifices forgive sins?

This was a timely and urgent concern after the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. That generation of sages formulated an answer that has guided Rabbinic Judaism ever since: Avot d'Rabbi Natan 4:...
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Where do the severely depressed and mentally ill fit in within Judaism's view of the world?

"Then, Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of [every] seven years, at an appointed time, in the Festival of Succoth, [after] the year of release, When all Israel comes to appear before the ...
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Forgiveness of Adam's sin

I assume that you are discussing the "sin" of eating of the tree of knowledge of good/evil. I would also like to say I appreciate Rosend's comment because I believe it to be true, but maybe ...
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Why was Hosea acceptable to the people if he took his adulterous wife back?

Several assertions in your question are unfounded His wife continues her harlotry even after they are married There is no indication either in the verses or in the Gemarah that she continued her ...
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