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There is a very interesting 4-volume set of seforim called Nishmas Avraham by Rabbi Dr Avraham-Sofer Avraham which details medical and health based halachos. They are all available on Hebrewbooks.org - Vol, 1, 2, 3 & 4) In the cheilek on Yoreh Deah, siman 305 it details the Laws of Pidyon Haben. It is a very compelling read and explores a number of ...


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It is a scientific fact that "people who have obesity, compared to those with a normal or healthy weight, are at increased risk for many serious diseases and health conditions" (quote from the US Center for Disease Control, see the full list of serious diseases caused by overweigh here). So let's see what Judaism teaches us about protecting one's ...


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I've heard the authorities of today (e.g. Rabbi A. Weiss) teach that the Torah expects one to following medical recommendations. Have you consulted your dentalcare professionals regarding this issue?


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As per your comment above about - "whether there is validity to using substances that increase the accuracy of a person's sense of reality & functioning,‎ eg anxiety medication for someone anxious,‎ or caffeine for someone not able to function.‎" It writes in the Mishnah Berurah 89:22 the following: וטיי"א וקאפ"ע מותר לשתותו קודם ...


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I won't mention the tobacco element as it is dealt with quite comprehensively in the link provided by @Kazibacsi, however, I will note some sources about alcohol. Whilst wine plays an important part in our service to G-d - we use it for making Kiddush, Havdalah, at a brit (circumcision), on the night of Pesach (Passover - where we drink 'The Four Cups') we ...


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This custom is mentioned explicitly in the Rema, OC 299: וי"א לדלות מים בכל מוצאי שבת כי בארה של מרים סובב כל מוצאי שבת כל הבארות ומי שפוגע בו וישתה ממנו יתרפא מכל תחלואיו [כל בו] ולא ראיתי למנהג זה And there are those who say to draw water from wells or natural springs every Saturday night, because the well of Miriam passes through all the wells and ...


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I have gotten permission from my rabbi in the past to shave on Chol HaMoed and during the Omer for purposes of appearing professional at work. I strongly suspect that there's room to be lenient for the purpose of enhanced pandemic protection. If this issue affects you, I recommend asking your rabbi.


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It seems there is a lack of clarity on the clear aproach to this question. Let's begin with the Mishna. Shabbat 22:6, סכין וממשמשין בבני מעים אבל לא מתעלמין, you can administer oils to the body and spread it on the stomach area (for the healing purpose of pain in the abdominal area) but you cannot provide pressure. This is understood by Rashi as to mean ...


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See Mishna Berurah 217.1 that if you enter a perfume shop, you have to make a berachah, because the perfumes were set there to be smelt by people who enter the shop, by the perfumerer. However, if you enter a perfume warehouse, you need not make a berachah, because the perfumes were not set there with intention that they would be smelt. Your case would ...


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