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"You shall live by the commandments," the Talmud tells us, "and not die by them." Yet there are three cardinal sins that one must give one's life for rather than transgress. How did the Rabbi's reach this conclusion? A reading of Sanhedrin 74a.

Life, Death and the Commandments

Life, Death and the Commandments

A Talmudic reading on when life trumps religious duty and vice versa

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Life, Death and the Commandments : A Talmudic reading on when life trumps religious duty and vice versa

"You shall live by the commandments," the Talmud tells us, "and not die by them." Yet there are three cardinal sins that one must give one's life for rather than transgress. How did the Rabbi's reach this conclusion? A reading of Sanhedrin 74a.
Anus, Self Sacrifice, Pikuach Nefesh, Forbidden Marriages, Tractate Sanhedrin, Idolatry; Paganism, Murder, Rape
Rabbi Chaim Rapoport is an author, educator, lecturer and expert Judaic scholar.
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