Background: we had a motivational lecture in our Kollel today, with a Rabbi praising virtues of studying Torah (towards Shavuos). He brought a couple of stories about prominent Rabbis dedicating their lives to the Torah study.

One story was about Rogatchover RabbiTnahks JoelK that learned Gemmorah while being Avel (in mourning), justifying it by Pikuach Nefesh for him.

That reminded me of some Mishnayos that talk of Rabbis that justified personal deviation from the accepted Halachah for themselves (e.g. Brochos 2,7 about Tavi the slave) (not to confuse with public decrees of עת לעשות לה').

When does a person reach that level of being allowed to deviate from the set Halachah, probably following the principle of "וְצַדִּיק בֶּאֱמוּנָתוֹ יִחְיֶה" (Havakuk 2,4)?

  • And it's not even just in the oral Torah. The same thing occasionally happens in Tanakh as well (e.g. Esther) – Daniel Jun 6 '19 at 20:56
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    Your whole question is a scam. There are no examples. No one deviated from the Halakha. The rule about Tavi the slave was the rule beforehand too even if some onlookers didn't know it. – Double AA Jun 6 '19 at 20:56
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    @AlBerko What you seem to really be asking is under what grounds may one apply עת לעשות לה׳ הפרו תורתך. So why don’t you just ask that, rather than asking what seems to be a rant in disguise? – DonielF Jun 6 '19 at 21:26
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    The story of learning Torah while mourning is told regarding the Rogatchover (@DonielF) seforimblog.com/2017/11/the-rogochover-and-more – Joel K Jun 7 '19 at 3:28
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    The story with rogochover documented in an introduction from Harav Moshe Kasher who printed many of his works in the sixties, who writes the gaon based himself of yerushalmi moed katan 3, להט אחרי דברי תורה – Dr. Shmuel Jun 7 '19 at 12:27

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