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Rabbi Hershel Schachter has a yutorah mp3 on academic integrity (and the need for students to report cheating to the appropriate board); he mentions there explicitly "if someone needs to pour their heart out to a psychiatrist" that would be permissible.


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Summarizing from p. 107 of Reader for the Orthodox Jewish Psychotherapist by Seymour Hoffman: There is a general rule that professionals are occupied with their profession. Therefore, a psychotherapist relates to his patient as merely the object of performing his professional tasks and not as an attractive woman. (The article is written from the viewpoint ...


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Rav Elchonon Wassermann (Kovetz Ha’aros Yevamos #70) regarding Lashon Harah qualifies the prohibition that it only applies when there is no benefit or to'eles: It would seem that all that is prohibited between people (bein adam l’chavero) is only prohibited when done in a harmful and destructive manner without justification. For example regarding the ...


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The Chofetz Chaim writes in a note to the fifth detail of permissible Lashon Hara in Hilchos Lashon Hara 10:14 אפשר דהוא הדין אם כוונתו בסיפורו להפיג את דאגתו מלבו - הוי כמכוון לתועלת על להבא, [ולפי זה מה שאמרו ז"ל, דאגה בלב איש ישיחנה לאחרים, קאי גם על ענין כזה]. אך שיזהר שלא יחסרו שאר הפרטים שבסעיף זה" It is possible that the same [allowance] ...


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Please refer to this Mi Yodeya question. Shulchan Aruch Y.D. 116 mentions that one is not allowed to eat food that is mixed with vomit or excrement or to eat with utensils that people use for such purposes such as utensils used in the rest room (I guess that may mean something like eating food using a toothbrush?) He relates this to being a prohibition of ...



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