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The gemoro psochim 2b mentions only about a 'ganev' (stealthy thief) coming at night that one may kill the thief even if he is not sure this thief is about to kill him. What about if this thief came by day? Is he allowed to kill the thief even if he is not sure this 'ganev' would kill him if he doesn't get his money otherwise.

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questions on the daf yomi. –  user2800 Jun 22 '13 at 23:59
    
I seem to recall learning that the day/night distinction is what's important here; the nighttime ganav knows this is a possible outcome, but the daytime one doesn't expect to find someone at home. So I would expect the day case to be governed by the same halacha as other threats to life/health. –  Monica Cellio Jun 23 '13 at 4:32
    
You remember correctly. Raavad g'naiva 9:8. Since the simple wording of the posuk says if the sun arises he may not kill him. But see 'even hozel' that others argue. –  user2800 Jun 23 '13 at 5:17

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