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Is it Permitted to Take Ones Own Life Before One is Getting Tortured?

Updated: Dec 10, 2022

Warning: This sensitive topic speaks about murder and injury

Divine Code for December 4, 2022

Today: Pages 328-331

Part 2:2 -- 2:3

One who is about to be caught by enemies and is certain that they will torture and kill him (and he has no natural means of being saved) is permitted to take his own life before he is attacked, as it says, ''But your blood of your souls I will demand'' - the word ''but'' implies the exclusion of a case when suicide is permissible.

The victim is even permitted to ask someone else to take his life (even before the unavoidable attack occurs), and the person who is asked is permitted to comply.

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Sarah Bakker is a blog writer and illustrator for the Noahide Academy. After a difficult time, she found Judaism. She has been a Noahide for many years and uses her experiences and knowledge combined with her creative talents to help others.



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