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"Knavery And Flattery Are Blood Relations" - Avrohom Lincoln

Goodness gracious!!! We know that the Torah is a Torah of life. We are exhorted "Vchai bahem". Human life supercedes all but the three cardinal sins. A corpse is impure. We vehemently oppose death!!!

How tacken aback I was to see that Rabbeinu Yonah in his classic of Halacha and Mussar "Shaarei Teshuva" [shaar shlishi/188] writes that one must put oneself in mortal danger in order not to transgress the prohibition against flattering the wicked [i.e "Gee Mr. Hussein, you are a really swell guy"]. But it is not one of the three cardinal sins so how do we explain the stringency?

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  • I'm Rabbi Ally Ehrman
  • From Old City Jerusalem, Israel
  • I am a Rebbe in Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh.
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