3

Taanit 12b states that only if one has the ability is fasting positive. The Shulchan Aruch (YD 245:17) states that a melamed a Torah teacher of children should not fast, (see Aruch ha-Shulchan) a voluntary fast so that it does not detract from his teaching. Is the determining factor whether or not one could continue concentrating on his daily activities? Does one's productivity need to remain at the same level as when one is well-nourished? Are there health risks for youth?

Examples of voluntary fasts include erev Rosh Hodesh and BaHaB (Yamim Bet ve-Hei during the weeks of Shovavim).

  • Abbou You wrote "whether or not one could continue concentrating on his daily activities? Does one's productivity need to remain at the same level ... I do not see any mention in your quote from the SA, about "daily activities" or about "productivity", only about "detraction from learning. – RibbisRabbiAndMore Jul 12 '18 at 23:54
  • @RibbisRabbiAndMore I was assuming that for the talmid chacham, learning is his daily activity, and perhaps it could be applied to anyone and their daily activities. – Yaakov Jul 12 '18 at 23:57
  • Why do you assume that the issue is one of not being able to concentrate on "daily activities" Rather than loss of qualitative Torah study? – RibbisRabbiAndMore Jul 13 '18 at 0:16
  • @rib there was no such assumption. There was a question whether that's true. – msh210 Jul 13 '18 at 6:26

You must log in to answer this question.

Browse other questions tagged .