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

352 - A MAN LYING CARNALLY WITH HIS FATHER'S BROTHER


Leviticus 18:14 --You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father's brother. You shall not approach his wife; she is your aunt.”
Leviticus 18:29 -- “For whoever commits any of these abominations, the persons who commit them shall be cut off from among their people.”

In the Gemara of Sanhedrin we read: “All agree that he who commits pederasty with his paternal uncle incurs a twofold penalty, for Scripture says, You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father's brother.”*

* Sanh. 54a (Sonc. ed. p. 365)

“Transgressions may be divided into four classes: (1) involuntary transgressions, (2) sins committed in ignorance, (3) sins done knowingly, and (4) sins done spitefully. He who sins involuntarily is, according to the distinct declaration of the Torah, exempt from punishment,* and free from all blame… If a person sins in ignorance, he is culpable; for if he had been more considerate and careful, he would not have erred. Although he is not punished, his sin must be atoned, for, and for this reason he offers a sin offering… He who has sinned knowingly must pay the penalty prescribed in the law; he is put to death or receives whipping, or – for transgression of prohibitions not punishable by whipping – other corporal punishment, or pays a fine… If a person sins presumptuously, so that in sinning he shows impudence and seeks publicity, if he does not sin only to satisfy his appetite… but in order to oppose and to resist the law, he brings reproach on the LORD (Numbers 15:30) and must undoubtedly be put to death… the same punishment (viz. sentence of death) applies to every sin which involves the rejection of the law, or opposition to it.”**

* See Neg. Comm. 294
** Moreh Nebuchim III, 41

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