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With apologies to @user8375, Leviticus 18:24 refers to all forms of sexual immorality, including incest, homosexuality, and bestiality among others (the various forms mentioned in the preceding part of the chapter). 20:23, again referring to the preceding part of that chapter), repeats the injunctions against sexual immorality, but expands it with idol ...


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The story of Rav Amnon, printed in most machzorim under Unisana Tokef and taken from the Or Zerua (Rosh hashana 266) could be taken as evidence that it is. In that story, a bishop asks Rav Amnon to convert to Christianity, and he asks for three days to think about it. Rav Amnon was very worried about the chilul Hashem, and the rest is legend. However, the ...


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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 תהו עושים אלא מאהבה Lest one say "I will study Torah in order to become wealthy, in order to be called 'rabbi', [or] in order that I will receive reward in ...


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This is addressed by Ralbag in his commentary there: התועלת השלישי הוא ג"כ במידות והוא שכשיביא ההכרח שיגיע הרע לאדם מהראוי שיסתכל האדם באי זה אופן יתכן שיגיע לו יותר מעט מהרע ויבחר בו ולא יתרשל מזה מפני הרע שיקרה לו כי ראוי שיהיה נבחר הרע היותר מעט לברוח מהרע הגדול ממנו הלא תראה שאברם בחר לרדת לארך מצרים לברוח מהרעב שהיה בארץ כנען ואע"פ שהיה נכון המקום ...


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The general rule is אוי לרשע אוי לשכנו, woe to the evil man and his neighbor. G-d does not initiate a punishment upon any person who is not worthy of punishment, but when the punishment is started, many times the punishment is one that is not "held back" to hurt only the intended target. Still, all of G-d's ways are just, and a person who is not meant to die ...


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To 'earn' the karet punishment one must sin b'meizid - knowingly (First Rashi in Masecta Kritut). The required knowledge is a. knowing that the action is a prohibited at the time, and b. knowing the punishment for the sin. Sources: There are two prerequisites for a beit din (Jewish court of law) to administer any kind of physical punishment (whether ...


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How to read the Bible Maimonides says in his Guide of the Perplexed 2:48 – that all things ascribed to G-d do not mean that G-d was directly involved; it happened according to the laws of nature. Looking at the text in this way, it becomes easy to understand what the Bible is actually telling us. The Tanakh is certainly not ascribing emotions to G-d. While ...


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