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The Babylonian Talmud (M'gila, page 3 column 1) relates in the name of Ravina: One who is afraid [for no apparent reason] — although he doesn't see [anything], his mazal sees [something]. The commentary of Rashi explains that "mazal" here refers to the person's angel. And the commentary Ben Y'hoyada explains that what his mazal sees (and he's afraid ...


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I'd call it reasonable. Maybe not quite to the degree that a church would be, but reasonable. While people can and do hold prayer services in their living rooms or basements, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein wrote that it's far better to pray in a building designated as a synagogue. (The Amish and Mennonites, in contrast, acknowledge no "sanctity of space" per se ...


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Who says it's all that life-threatening in most cases? See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_swimming#Health_risks: Winter swimming isn't dangerous for healthy persons, but should be avoided by individuals with heart or respiratory diseases, obesity, high blood pressure and arrhythmia, as well as children and the elderly. Before modern medicine, ...


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It seems that if danger is involved, then one may not dip in frozen water, as you can see in the answer here: בארץ קרה מאוד בטרק נידח, לבד, טבילה בקרח היא לא על גבול סכנת הנפשות?!‏ אם זה כך, אין לטבול ואין לחיות חיי אישות עד שמגיעים למקום שניתן לטבול בבטחה. אך אמותנו הקדושות נהגו לטבול במים קרים מאד בגלות, ולא כל כך בטוח שזו סכנה כמו אי ...



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