Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Activities people don't think of as transgressions


There are five activities for which people are not likely to repent, because people do not view them as transgressions:

1. Participating a meal when the host does not have enough for himself; people believe this is fine because they have the host's permission. This is quasi-theft;

2. Using a pauper's collateral, which the pauper needs;

3. Gazing at someone with whom sexual relations are prohibited;

4. Receiving honour by looking good in comparison with someone else, causing the other one to be disgraced and embarrassed;

5. Suspecting those who are innocent of wrongdoing.

(Rambam, Mishneh Torah, Laws of Repentance 4:4)

גמר חתימה טובה,


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