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What is a Forbidden Relation?

Updated: Jan 16, 2023

Daily Study of the Noahide Code of Laws

The Divine Code for January 11, 2023

Today: Pages 404 - 405

Topic Chapter 1:18 - 2:1

A male is forbidden to engage in anal intercourse with another male, whether an adult or a minor of any age. Both male partners in this transgression are liable for a capital sin if they are consenting adults (i.e., each is liable if he was not forced). A minor boy who participates in this act with an adult male is not liable. If it is the adult male who enters into the minor boy, the adult is liable to capital punishment regardless of the age of the boy (and regardless of whether the boy is a Gentile or a Jew). However, if it is the minor who inserts his organ into the adult male, the adult is liable to capital punishment only if the minor's age is nine years or older. (If the male who inserts his organ is younger than nine year old, this does not fall within the Torah's definition of "sexual intercourse" with a male, as explained above in topic 1:13, and neither partner would be liable to capital punishment for this sin.)

Reading schedule of the Divine Code

Yesterday's Study Topic: 1:15 - 1:17

Tomorrow's Study Topic: 2:2- 2:4

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Sources: The Divine Code (4th edition) by Rabbi Moshe Weiner


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