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30. Erasing God’s Name
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Yesodei HaTorah 5:11 Other things can also be considered a chillul Hashem (a desecration of God’s Name) if done by a person recognized as a pious Torah scholar. There are things that, while not actually sins, will cause people to speak badly of him. Examples include: if a person buys merchandise and doesn’t pay for […]
29. Chillul Hashem
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Yesodei HaTorah 5:9 If a man becomes so attracted to a woman that he becomes sick and is in danger of dying, and the doctors say that the only thing that can save him is to have intimate relations with this woman, he should be permitted to die, even if the woman is not married. […]
28. The Three Cardinal Sins
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Yesodei HaTorah 5:7 What is the source that idolatry, sexual immorality and murder should not be committed even to save a life? Deuteronomy 6:5 tells us, “You shall love Hashem, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your might.” “Your soul” means even at the cost of one’s soul. […]
27. Handing Over One Person
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Yesodei HaTorah 5:5 If a gang of non-Jews tells a group of Jewish women, “Give us one of you to violate, otherwise we will violate all of you,” they should allow themselves to be violated rather than hand over one of them. Similarly, if they told a group of Jews, “Give us one of you […]