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Does prioritizing one's mental health supersede adherence to Torah commandments?

In theory, the mitzvah to preserve a life overrides almost every other mitzvah, and serious mental health is certainly included in that. The Talmud talks about extinguishing a fire on shabbos if ...
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May someone say the prayer for the ill for someone who is emotionally "ill"?

One is exempt (from punishment) by extinguishing a flame on Sabbath for the sake of an emotionally ill person (cf. Rambam's commentary to Mishnah Shab. 2:5). Emotional instability/numbness also ...
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How can you quit a habit of visiting inappropriate websites?

Marry a wife Pele Yoetz (here) says it helps with sin Seifer Hachinuch (mitzva 582.2) explains that the reason of the Mitvzah that after the first year of marriage you need to be happy with your ...
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Did Maimonides really refer to Muhammad (the Islamic prophet) as a false prophet and a madman?

Maimonides did call him a madman. See the translation of his Epistle to Yemen here (3rd paragraph) or here on Sefaria (search for "madman"). To summarize the historical background (brought ...
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Demon Possession in Judaism

Like many other beliefs, Judaism doesn't have a clear opinion on the matter, but individual Jews do. Rashi, for example, believed in demons and gives that explanation of ruah raah in Eruvin 45b s.v. ...
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Can a bully be forced to pay for psychologist visits?

A very relevant passage is Nidda (47a) which relates that Sh'muel, examined the body of his slave, to better understand the maturity process and at which point bagrut is achieved. He then paid her 400 ...
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Source for "everyone has a specific area of Torah that they're naturally drawn to"

You probably refer to Gemmorah in Avodah Zarah 19a: אָמַר רַבִּי: אֵין אָדָם לוֹמֵד תּוֹרָה אֶלָּא מִמָּקוֹם שֶׁלִּבּוֹ חָפֵץ, .(שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר: "כִּי אִם בְּתוֹרַת ה' חֶפְצוֹ"(תהילים א, ב ...
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OCD and Netilat Yadayim

Anyone discussing OCD and halacha needs to find a qualified, competent rabbi in-person, as well as a mental-health professional. Reviewing the laws of what actually poses a halachic problem for ...
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If only 1/5th of the Jews left Mitzrayim, how could they be happy?

Beautiful question! The Belzer Rebbe asks it as well and says, "As lofty and climactic a moment as Shiras HaYam (Song of the Sea) may have appeared to the naked eye, for those who were actually ...
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Kavanah, Prayer and OCD

Firstly, I wish you strength to get through this ordeal. I am certain that Hashem knows your intentions are good and He only gives tests to those who He knows can pass them. There is quite a dearth of ...
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What is meant by the ‘madness’ mentioned in Devarim 28:28?

The Ibn Ezra groups all three as afflictions of the heart. The Netziv in his Ha'amek Davar writes: בשגעון. קלקול הדעת שלא תתבונן להיות נשמר מאוה״ע Madness - The ruining of the mind such that it does ...
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If one is mentally drained, should a person still daven? Even if that person cannot concentrate?

Related: Better less with kavannah than more without? Seems like I should add an answer that tries to balance the answers given already. Read them first, but: None of the sources given say explicitly ...
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Do insane people have free choice?

When a person did lose his free choice, we say that he became Shote, loosely linked to the inaccurate term of "crazy" or insane. He is categorized as a child regarding responsibility and this state is ...
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Can a bully be forced to pay for psychologist visits?

The halacha in C.M. 420'32' states that a person who scares and alarms his friend who in turn is damaged emotionally is not liable in beit din as the Gemara in Baba Kama 91'a' explains that it was he ...
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Does Down Syndrome make one a Shoteh?

Rabbi Shmuel Singer in his book "A Parent's Guide to Teaching Children Mitzvot: A Halakhic Guide" with the Haskama of Rav Hershel Schechter writes: (on page 143) Modern poskim agree that if a ...
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Taking ADHD medicine on Shabbos (ex: Adderall/ Ritalin)

R David Sperling (here) writes it seems to him that taking these medicines is permitted because Firstly, someone who has started on a course of pills before Shabbat may continue to take them even on ...
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Any suggestions as to how we could connect the various Neurodiverse Labels (ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Autism) to the Torah?

Since this post there have been a few books that partly deal with this question: 'Was Yosef on the Spectrum' by Samuel Levine 'Kosher ADHD' by Simcha Chesner and Sara Markowitz "Moving Forward: ...
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Free will of people with mental disorders

Great question! The Machneh Yisrael 2:1 says something stunning about those who are handicapped (or have mental disorders). He says that those who are handicapped (or have mental disorders) are people ...
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Where do memories come from?

I would point you to a Rabbeinu Yona, not so well known, that does give you something to work with (though he does not get so specific with the terminology as you have). כי טבע הגוף משכח וכי יעשה ...
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Kavanah, Prayer and OCD

As far as how to maintain kavanah, that is tricky to answer. It would be easy to throw out some cliches and sources as advice but OCD is not an easy thing and to downplay it is not right. What might ...
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What is meant by the ‘madness’ mentioned in Devarim 28:28?

The only real "definition" I could find (and my understanding of it) is that the term refers to a lacking of mental faculties, when someone is missing the (self)awareness that makes someone ...
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If one is mentally drained, should a person still daven? Even if that person cannot concentrate?

The answer is yes, you must pray 3 times a day, regardless of your ability to concentrate. There might be exceptions to this, so please consult your LOR for any personal situations where this becomes ...
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Do fish feel pain?

Welcome to Mi Yodeya! The scientific journal Biology and Philosophy published: The alternative view that fish instead respond to noxious stimuli reflexly and with a limited behavioural repertoire is ...
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Psychology behind sinning

Answer number 2, with a few more points. One of the main things that got us up in the morning for thousands of years is the peril of life. If we didn't get up early and milk the cows, collect the eggs,...
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Does Binah come from the heart or brain - Birkat Ahavat Olam

The רסיסי לילה asks and answers this exact question י״ב:א: תפלה עיקרה בלב כמו שאמרו (תענית ב.) עבודה שהיא בלב כו' זו תפלה וכן המתפלל צריך שיכוין את לבו (ברכות לא.) וטובא. ותורה כפי הנראה עיקרה במוח ...
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Abortion on grounds of emotional instability/wellbeing

Although especially these extremely sensitive issues must be discussed with one's personal Rav, some mekoros on the topic are discussed here: A question arises if the mother will experience severe ...
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‫ is self esteem good or bad?

As the Ma'amar explains, all these attributes are inherently bad. I understand this as chassidus explains that midos are from klipas noga, which inherently isn't holy but can be transformed to ...
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Loshon hara to a therapist

According to R. Menahem HaMeiri the definition of l'shon hara, is speech that is meant to be defamatory or hurtful. Thus, statements of a negative nature that are said for a positive reason (in this ...
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When one is home alone, does the Torah discourage the eating of bizarre food mixtures?

אָסְרוּ חֲכָמִים מַאֲכָלוֹת וּמַשְׁקִין שֶׁנֶּפֶשׁ רֹב בְּנֵי אָדָם קִהָה מֵהֶן כְּגוֹן מַאֲכָלוֹת וּמַשְׁקִין שֶׁנִּתְעָרֵב בָּהֶן קִיא אוֹ צוֹאָה וְלֵחָה סְרוּחָה וְכַיּוֹצֵא בָּהֶן. וְכֵן אָסְרוּ ...
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Is an asexual person obligated in Pru Urvu?

Yes it seems he is obligated Since I did not see any source that relations have to do with his wants The opposite I see that he is obligated to fullfill his wife's conjugal rights even if he is not ...
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