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Rav Moshe Hershler answers (Halacha U'Refua vol. 2 p.65) that this is the natural way of the world, and things that are part of the natural way of the world are not forbidden. Thus someone is allowed to take on a dangerous profession because earning a living is a natural part of the world. In that case, even though there is no Mitzvah to specifically choose ...


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Gezeira means the rabbis prohibited specific acts that could likely lead to Torah prohibitions -- e.g. if you're reading by the light of a low-quality candle, you may forget yourself and play with it to get better light. Shvus are categories of activity -- such as "business transactions" and "healing" that the rabbis banned. There had to be a technical ...


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The Rashba (Toras HaBayis, Bayis 4, Shaar 1, 11b. Also in his chiddushim on kiddushin 73a d"h mamzer vaday) says it's a Torah principle. The Ran (Kiddushin 15b according to the Rif pages) also holds it's a Torah principle. The Rambam (Perek 12 in hilchos tumas hames, halacha 12) holds it's a principle from the Rabbis. The Pri Chadash (Klalei sfek sfeka, ...


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The answer depends on your own desires and feelings, on your external circumstances, and on what eventually happens. If believe in Judaism but do not feel a longing to be study the entire Torah (Written and Oral and, more broadly, the various commentaries since), be bound by and in practice actually fulfill all the mitzvot that apply to you, and to become ...


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It's fine to be a Jew at heart. This is similar to saying, "I would love to have more money!" This is not the same as investing in a business or in a stock, because those require actions. No one will pay you dividends for a stock you wish you had. If you can write a question like you did, then you can certainly understand the implication in the above example ...


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There is a dispute as to whether beracha me'ein shalosh (al hamichiya etc.) is rabbinic or Biblical. Some Rishonim, for example the Rashba, hold it is Biblical, while others, for example the Rambam, hold it is Rabbinic. So there is a halachic safek about the existence of a Biblical requirement to make a beracha acharona of me'ein shalosh. The Magen ...


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In this specific instance, there is no harm from the minhag, since according to Rambam the blessing is still valid ( הלכות ברכות פרק ח,י-יא ): בירך על פירות האילן, בורא פרי האדמה--יצא; ועל פירות הארץ, בורא פרי העץ--לא יצא. ועל הכול--אם בירך שהכול נהיה בדברו, יצא: אפילו על הפת ועל היין. If one intentionally blessed "boreh pri ha'adama" on fruit ...



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