In his book, The Narrow Halakhic Bridge Rabbi Ronen Neuwirth identifies a halachic category called meta-halacha (p. 249 and on) which he explains (I paraphrase) as principles a posek (decided of Jewish law) can apply that are outside of the standard halachic framework and allow for decisions to be rendered which may not comport with the strict letter of the law but rather the spirit or underlying principles of Judaism. He offers examples such as mipnei darkei shalom, in order to maintain the peace. I would like to understand the parameters of this principle

  1. What makes something a meta halachic principle? Are the criteria universally agreed upon?
  2. Are these principles limited in any way?
  3. Is there a list of these principles?
  4. What happens if/when two meta halachic principles are in conflict?
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    Did he make up this category or is he citing it from elsewhere? If the former I don't understand your first question
    – Double AA
    Oct 1 at 14:35
  • It sounds like his personal term. You would probably have to ask him. Some rules such as mipnei darchei shalom are incorporated into standard halacha. Mipnei etc. has its own section of mishnayos in the fifth perek of gittin, iirc.
    – N.T.
    Oct 1 at 14:35
  • @N.T. "incorporated into the standard halacha" is no more objectively accurate than "principles a posek can apply that are outside of the standard halachic framework". It's all just a word game. I've even had people insist to me that "eit laasot lashem" is internal to standard halacha. If that's how you want to define "halacha" that's fine, but it's not an objectively "better" definition. I'd argue it's actually a less useful definition to use since you can't differentiate components as well, היינו דאמרי אינשי "if everyone is special then no one is."
    – Double AA
    Oct 1 at 14:52
  • @DoubleAA there is an entire book on the subject amazon.com/Meta-Halakhah-Logic-Intuition-Unfolding-Jewish/dp/… Oct 1 at 16:20
  • If the voters to close would explain I would be happy to try to improve the question which might be more helpful. Oct 1 at 16:20

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