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Corona "parties" for children

Regarding "corona parties", one contemporary Rabbi did indeed rule that it is forbidden to purposely get together to infect oneselves. Rabbi Yehoshua Pfeffer is quoted in this late 2020 ...
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Corona "parties" for children

Introduction: In the book "Headlines: Halachic Debates of Current Events" the author cites Rav Malkiel Tzvi Tannenbaum of Lomza in Divrei Malkiel 5:35 [...] We thus see that it is ...
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Why does the Torah explicitly endorse the use of lead, a carcinogenic metal, in regards to Tevilah?

The Birchas Asher on that passuk is bothered that it can’t be what we refer to today as lead, since that melts in fire. ואת העֹפרת. אונקלוס מתרגם: וית אברא. ואף על פי כן קשה קצת לקבל שזהו העופרת ...
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Why does the Torah explicitly endorse the use of lead, a carcinogenic metal, in regards to Tevilah?

It did strike me as a little odd, too. There's no mitzvah saying "hey, go use lead." Presumably these six were the ones commonly seen at the time. And while certain mitzvos may help with ...
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How far should we go to accommodate health sensitivities?

This is not really about "halacha about inconveniencing the many...", however, maybe this is a good starting point? The general principle might be that one is not allowed to put one person's ...
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How does meshane hateva work?

There are rishonim and serious acharonim who discuss this idea outright. See Tosfos Moed Katan 11a ד"ה כוורא. See also the Kesef Mishna to hilchos de'os 4:18 who says that the nature of a certain ...
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