The 36 sins of karet

November 13, 2014 at 3:32 AM

Offenses punishable by karet

According to the Mishnah in Kerithoth there are a total of 36 offenses punishable by kareth. These are the 36 offenses as enumerated in that Mishnah. Where the offense is sexual intercourse karet applies to both parties:

 

 

  1. Sexual intercourse with one’s mother
  2. Sexual intercourse with one’s father’s wife
  3. Sexual intercourse with one’s son’s wife
  4. A male having sexual intercourse with another male
  5. A male having sexual intercourse with an animal
  6. A female having sexual intercourse with an animal
  7. Having sexual intercourse with both a mother and her daughter within the span of his lifetime
  8. Sexual intercourse with a married woman
  9. Sexual intercourse with one’s sister
  10. Sexual intercourse with one’s father’s sister
  11. Sexual intercourse with one’s mother’s sister
  12. Sexual intercourse with the sister of one’s wife
  13. Sexual intercourse with one’s brother’s wife
  14. Sexual intercourse with the wife of one’s father’s brother
  15. Sexual intercourse with a menstruating woman, known as a nida (נדה)
  16. Cursing God using the appropriate holy name, known as megadef (מגדף)
  17. Worshiping a deity other than God, known as Avodah Zarah (עבודה זרה)
  18. Sacrificing one’s child to Moloch (מלך)
  19. Consulting with a spirit through a process known as ohv (אוב)
  20. Violating the Shabbat (שבת) by doing one of the 39 categories of activities prohibited on Shabbat
  21. Eating of an offering while in a state of ritual impurity, known as tumah (טומאה)
  22. Entering the temple or Tabernacle while in a state of ritual impurity, known as tumah (טומאה)
  23. Eating of a form of animal fat known as chelev (חלב)
  24. Eating or drinking blood
  25. Eating of an offering after the allowable time for the eating of that offering has expired. An offering in this state is known as notar (נותר)
  26. Eating of an offering that was offered with the intention of eating of it after the allowable time for the eating of that offering has expired. Such an offering is known as pigul (פיגול)
  27. Slaughtering an offering outside the boundaries of the temple or Tabernacle
  28. Offering up an offering upon an altar outside the boundaries of the temple or Tabernacle
  29. Eating (a ketzayith (olives measure) of) chametz on Passover
  30. Eating or drinking on Yom Kippur
  31. Violating Yom Kippur by doing one of the 39 categories of activities that are prohibited on Shabbat
  32. Creating a replication of the holy anointing oil (שמן המשחה) that was used for the anointment of high priests and kings of the house of David that was made by Moses, using the same ingredients and precise measurements, and creating it in the same volume as created by Moses [13]
  33. Creating a replication of the incense offering, known as the Ketoret (קטרת), using the same ingredients and precise measurements of the Ketoret
  34. Anointing oneself with the holy anointing oil that was created by Moses
  35. Failure to bring the Passover offering
  36. Failure to circumcise oneself

 

 

 

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