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The Sharia of Moses in the TORA
Part 2 - The 365 Prohibitions of the Tora

294 - PUNISHING A PERSON FOR A SIN COMMITTED UNDER DURESS


Deuteronomy 22:26 -- “But you shall do nothing to the young woman; there is in the young woman no sin deserving of death, for just as when a man rises against his neighbor and kills him, even so is this matter.”

“The penalty of death or of whipping is inflicted only on one who commits a transgression of his own free will, in the presence of witnesses and after due warning. This rule is based on the verse concerning one who has given of his seed to Molech, I will set My face against that man (Leviticus 20:3), which tradition explains as meaning: ‘that man, but not one who transgresses under compulsion, in ignorance or unintentionally’. And if in the case of idolatry, which is the gravest of offences, one who sins under compulsion does not incur the penalty of extinction, or, needless to add, that of death by judicial sentence, how much more is this the rule in regard to the violation of the other precepts of the Torah. Similarly, in connection with offences pertaining to the forbidden degrees, it is expressly stated, But you shall do nothing to the young woman.”*

* Mada, Hilchoth Yesode ha-Torah V, 4

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