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Institutionalizing Sins

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#1 Rabbi Shapiro

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 10:10 PM

משל למה הדבר דומה - Someone is standing in court in front of the judge to defend himself against a speeding ticket he was given. If he says "I was speeding and I have no excuse, I just wanted to get home early," he is 100% guilty. Maybe the judge will have mercy on him, and maybe not.

But if someone says "Judge, I was speeding because I don't believe there is anything wrong with it. I disagree with the speed limit." that is much worse. That person is not guilty of speeding; he is guilty of revolting against the law. I can't see any judge doing anything to such a person but throwing the book at him, and more if he can.

So too if someone gives into his Yezter Horah and doesn't cover her hair, she is guilty. But if you say that you don't need to cover your hair not because of any legitimate Halachic reason, but simply because your community whoever it may be doesn't cover their hair, or you as a person do not believe it is necessary, maybe because you believe that you are "dressing tzniusdik enough already," then you are guilty of a much worse Aveirah than not covering your hair. You are rebelling against the Torah's authority, disagreeing with the very requirement that we follow the Torah. That is not just a violation of Tznius. That is Kefirah.