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Is drunk driving an aveirah in the absence of secular laws against it and with no damages?

For the vast majority of the world, drunk driving (also known as drink driving, Driving Under the Influence (DUI), or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)) is forbidden under dina d'malchuta dina since DUI ...
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When does one need to be careful not to incite the Satan?

The Gemara (Berachos 19a) learns out from Yeshayah 1:9-2:1, that one should not say that something bad could have happened to him, so as not to incite the Satan. The question is: doesn’t David ...
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May someone risk danger and harm to convert?

Historically there have been times where converting to Judaism was a crime punishable by the local rulers. The severity of the punishment in some instances was as extreme as being put to death. I ...
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Does the law of returning lost objects apply to dangerous animals?

The law of returning lost objects (Deuteronomy 22:1-3) teaches that if you come across your brother's lost ox, sheep, donkey, cloak, etc., you must return it, even if you do not know the one who owns ...
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Can one have a surgery during the Nine Days?

I'll put the disclaimer right at the top for such a sensitive issue: See both your local orthodox Rav and local orthodox doctor if this Chas v'shalom becomes relevant to you. The Background There are ...
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Is sparring in boxing kosher?

The question is asked given that there is a real risk for injuries (e.g. broken ribs, concussions). Also, it is in the context of recreation/health/fitness rather than a profession.
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What are the parameters of shomer pesaim Hashem?

While the Torah forbids one to place himself into a situation of danger, some degree of slightly risky behavior is allowable under the concept of shomer pesaim Hashem. Are the parameters of this ...
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What is the criteria of safek pikuach nefesh?

An expert in a particular field (a doctor, an actuary, etc.) can advise on the risk of mortality from a specific activity of anywhere between 0% and 100%. At what threshold of risk would the halacha ...
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Is there a Rabbinical stance on "Ghost Hunting" and whether it is an allowable activity?

Strange topic but I was curious if anything existed in relation to it. "Ghost Hunting" can be done for different reasons. Typically, it's in reference to paranormal investigators seeking evidence of ...
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Birchas Ha'Gomel and probabilistic dangers

There are many questions of the type "Is Bh"G said after X". The simplified understanding of the Gemmorah in Brochos 54b (see Rash"i "צריכין להודות - כשיוצאין מן הסכנה:") is that the 4 cases present [...
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For how long must a vessel be left open for it to be considered "Megulah"?

One was not permitted to drink liquids that were left uncovered. Some (like the Vilna Gaon: גלוי אסור אף שאין נחשים מצוים בינינו. והוא ז״ל היה נזהר מאד מאד בדבר) was stringent even in countries ...
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What criteria allow rabbis to use the "Shomer Petayim" principle? [duplicate]

There is a principle called shomer petayim (Meaning "G-d protects the simple". Based on Psalms 116:6.) which rabbis occasionally use to allow people to do something that would probably be considered ...
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May one ride on a commuter ferry during the 9 days?

There are some opinions that one should not ride on a boat during the 9 days because of danger. I am asking a follow-up on this answer and any similar opinions that prohibit boating. According to ...
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Mixed Raw Egg Left in Fridge

Seeing that leaving raw eggs overnight is a problem according as "the overwhelming majority of Poskim hold that the Gemara continues to be relevant nowadays" (Nidda 17a - ה' דברים הן שהעושה אותן ...
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Leil Shimmurim Outdoors

On Shabbos the first night of Pesach, we don't say Magen Avot (Orach Chayim 487:1). The Mishna Berura says that this is because normally Magen Avot is to prevent people who were late to shul being ...
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Can a convert eat fish and meat together?

I have heard many times the principle of "nishtanu hatevayim" applied to things that have medically or physically have changed from the time of the Talmud many years ago. does this apply to ...
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reckless endangerment

Is it possible to bring someone to beit din on the charge of reckless endangerment? If so - what is the correct terminology to describe this sort of crime? Let's define reckless endangerment ...
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Closing up a window

Someone mentioned to me that there are some Jews who have a Jewish tradition to be careful to never close up/cover a window due to some sort of danger. Can someone give me some of the parameters for ...
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What exactly is "the salt of sodom"?

One is obligated to wash one's hands after a meal due to danger of "sodom salt" which is said to cause blindness. R. Judah the son of R. Hiyya said: Why did [the Rabbis] say that it was a ...
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Relations twice as segulah for boy -- What about zugos?

I had asked what is the source for the segulah of having relations twice in order to have a boy. I first asked this in order to obtain a source to better ask this question. The Gemorah says in Niddah ...
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What should one say if saved from danger?

For example, if one had a stone smash car glass while driving in a dangerous place, but was not hit himself?
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What is the source for not leaving onions overnight and why don't some care?

This question mentions that one mustn't eat onions and garlic that have been left overnight, because of danger: Eating onions or garlic left overnight - there are ways around this, and some are not ...
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Did the Israeli soldiers who were involved in Operation Protective Edge eliminate any parts of davening?

I assume that those driving the tanks, going in the tunnels, and otherwise in immediate dangerous situations either completely miss a prayer, or eliminate parts of it. Maybe they are saying "Havinenu" ...
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Shaving(hair cuts) on Rosh Chodesh

What is the reason that hair cuts are not allowed(or advisable) on Rosh Chodesh according to Rav Yehuda Hachassid? A lot of things mentioned in the tzavvah should be avoided because of danger is this ...
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To what extent is someone on the way to do a mitzvah protected from danger?

Pesachim 8A (link) says: R. Elazar taught that harm will not befall a Shali'ach (someone on the way to do a) Mitzvah! That is a short excerpt from a discussion about being protected when doing a ...