The Gemara In Sanhedrin: The Three Important Sins

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God has commanded us in His Torah, "Keep my decrees and laws, since it is only by keeping them a person can (truly) live" . Therefore if one 's life is in danger, he may violate any law to save or heal himself. The only exception to this rule are three important sins which one may not transgress under any circumstances, even at the expense of one 's life. They are: idolatry, murder, and sexual crimes . Since these sins outweigh life because of basic stringencies, one must be martyred rather then transgress them under all circumstances. This was the case for the Jews of 1096 who allowed themselves to be killed rather then convert to Christianity. The Gemara in Sanhedrin is one of texts for the commandment of Kiddush

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