Re: Dying "al kiddush Hashem"
Sun, 2 Feb 1997 20:05:15 -0500 (EST)

Moshe Schapiro wrote:
<< I thought only those who give up their lives in order not to transgress
a Torah law earn this distinction (of being someone who sanctified G-d's
name through their death). Does anybody know of a source which discusses
this issue? >>

Following is a quote from the book "KIDDUSH HASHEM" by Simon Huberand (pub
1969, Tel Aviv) p 23 "The Hatam Sofer went to the extent to declare that a
Jew killed (by a non-jew) even in a robbery (ie. without the choice of being
mekadesh Hashem [sanctifying G-d] ) is a Kadosh (sanctified)." (translation

The teshuva (response) to the best of my knowledge is in SHUT (Responsa of
the) Hatam Sofer, yoreh deah #3(??). I hope this is a start. I believe that
Rabbi A.Rakefet wrote on this in the late 1970's or 80's