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אם בא להרגך - השכם להרגו - literally: If someone is coming to kill you, rise early and kill him (במדבר רבה פרשה כא פסקה ד; מדרש תנחומא, פנחס, פרק ג‏. - Medrash) Also, scripture is replete with references to commands from G-d to go to war, e.g. the source text for the above ruling (Numbers 25): טז וַיְדַבֵּר ה' אֶל-מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר. 16 And the L-RD ...


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We know that ISIS wants to kill people, and they are actively working toward that end. That would seem to make an ISIS person a rodef (pursuer). It is permitted to kill a rodef in order to prevent him from killing another person. Here is a link to an English version of the tractate of Talmud that discusses this. You can find the discussion on folios 73 and ...


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If you have a mechanism (such as Bluetooth) for safely talking on a cellphone in your car: There's a service I once heard of (in the United States) that is provided for precisely this purpose. In short, call 212-DRIVING (+1-212-374-8464) and a man will dictate the Tefillah. He even pauses after each phrase to let you repeat it as he's saying it. Similarly, ...


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My rabbi told me that I should carry candy with me everywhere I go on Shabbos, out of concern for hypoglycemia, which is a life-threatening condition. Hypoglycemia (also called "low blood sugar," or just a "low") is a function of type 1 diabetes. A low can come almost without warning, even with the best control (trust me, I know). If I'm going long-distance, ...


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The answer seems to be most probably R. Chaim Soloveitchik. Besides for it being wholly consistent with his approach and tradition, this is recorded here here. The first quotes Ishim V'shitos of R. Zevin (p. 65) which ought to be a pretty reliable source.


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The danger from an earthquake is balanced, as LN6595 cites from Fred, by other dangers. Let me quantify that: The life expectancy in California is 80.8 years; in New York State (for example), it's 80.5 years. (Source.) Thus, despite the earthquakes, despite the freeways, despite Death Valley and Bay to Breakers and all the other dangers out there, you still ...



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