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This question is related to and emerged from a comment by the OP on whether plastic surgery was allowed. I think the question of which parameters allow us to engage in action/dangerous sports has merit. We can all agree that some sports (e.g., Formula 1 racing, sky-diving, boxing) are more dangerous than others, and as mentioned in a comment are not ...


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Rav Moshe Feinstein in his Igros Moshe Chelek 8:4 YD :11 writes that going to theaters and stadiums do not fall into the prohibition of bechukoseihem lo tolechu. However, he writes that one is prohibited from attending due to moshev letzim, bitul Torah (eventually l'gamri), nivul peh (promiscuity). Rav Moshe is clear that it is a forbidden to attend such ...


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R Yehoshua Neuwirth in Shmirat Shabbat KeHilchata (vol. 1, p. 189 in the 2002 edition) allows basketball if played on a hard surface such as asphalt or concrete (but not on earth or grass) in an area with an eiruv one doesn't retrieve a ball which would have lodged in a tree (neither by hand, with a stick or by shaking the tree) There is a question whether ...


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The Three Weeks by Rabbi Cohen pg 145-146 "One should try not to divert one's mind from mourning on Tishah B'Av. Therefore it is proper to refrain from all pleasurable activities, such as taking a stroll, reading the newspaper, listening to the radio, playing games."


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The question revolves around whether or not you were מסיח דעת - a mental interruption or not. This question is a dispute among the poskim as to what is considered a hesech hadaas. The Shulchan Aruch (סימן ח' סי"ד) says ואם פשט טליתו אפילו היה דעתו לחזור ולהתעטף בו מיד צריך לברך כשיחזור ולהתעטף בו. If one took his Tallis off, even if he had in mind to ...


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From a responsum of R. Yitzchok Abadi (Ohr Yitzchok vol. 1 YD §26) it would seem to be prohibited on the basis of an opinion in the Talmud with regards to images forbidden to gaze upon (Meg. 28a). Additionally, according to his presentation of Rambam (AZ 10:4) it would certainly be prohibited to watch combat sports which is behavior that goes against Jewish ...


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The halachic category allowed to be worn laundered is beged ze'ah -- literally, "sweat clothes." Rabbi Cohen gave the example of undergarments, but a simple translation of the term would give you every indication that athletic clothing that gets truly sweaty would in fact be "sweat clothes." To second user6591's comment above, I have also heard an oral ...


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If we are talking about somebody who suspects that he may fall to temptation and have inappropriate thoughts about the immodestly attired women there, it is forbidden. There are numerous issurim involved - gazing at inappropriate things is forbidden by לא תתורו אחרי לבבכם ואחרי עיניכם, and having inappropriate thoughts is forbidden under ונשמרת מכל דבר רע (...


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In a somewhat related question (Is sky-diving forbidden because of the risk to one's life?), I showed that normal risky activities (as defined by whether other members of society accept them as reasonable, or whether the risk of danger rarely occurs) are permitted. As such it appears boxing would be technically permitted, and R Isser Unterman (Chief Rabbi of ...


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I found 1 Torah Musings says Minor activities are not considered to be work, nor a fulfillment of one’s own desires, and they are therefore permissible before prayer. For example, a person is permitted to make his bed before praying, and he is permitted to take the garbage from his house to the public garbage bin. Similarly, he is permitted to ...


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According to Rabbi Elchanan Lewis on yeshiva.co there is no problem in sledding on shabbos as long as there's an eruv.


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In a Shi'ur I attended many years ago, Rav Binyamin Tabory of Yeshivat Har Etzion once expressed his opinion that the custom is to refrain from activities that are public experiences that enhance joy. To the extent that this is true, he felt that going to movies (which is something many people avoid during Sefirah) is perfectly acceptable from the Sefirah ...


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From what Rabbi Jaeger and Rabbi Barclay write in their sefer "Guidelines: over 400 commonly asked questions about the Three Weeks," it appears that there is an outright prohibition on playing softball on Tisha b'Av. As they write, "A person should refrain from all pleasurable activities on Tisha B'Av. For example, one may not go for a stroll, read a ...


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TL;DR: best to CYLOR In an answer titled "Men and Mixed Gyms," dinonline.org writes: There are two issues with a man going to a mixed gym. The first one is the same a going to a mixed beach- he will see women when they are dressed immodestly. The torah tells us, (Numbers 15-39) “Not to stay after our eyes”, and not to look at woman Included in this is ...


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R Yehoshua Neuwirth in Shemirath Shabbath Kehilchata (vol. 1, p. 158) is strict One should not, as a rule, perform physical exercises on Shabbat or Yom Tov, whether with or without the use of an instrument designed for strengthening muscles, such as a chest-expander. Likewise, one should not engage in occupational therapy. He then makes exemptions ...


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The Midrash (Eichah Rabbah 2:4) says that this is why Tur Shimon was destroyed: טור שמעון הוה מפיק תלת מאה גרבין ולמה חרב אי תימא מן הזנות והלא לא היתה אלא ריבה אחת והוציאוה משם אמר רב הונא משום שהיו משחקים בכדור בשבת Tur Shimon would distribute 300 baskets to the poor. Why was it destroyed? If it’s because of harlotry, there was just one [such] girl ...


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I recently asked Rav Hershel Schachter this question. The Rosh Yeshiva responded to me with a long detailed discussion on this topic. In conclusion he held that it prohibited under the issur of Chavalah. (See end of Perek HaChovel). Rabbi Yosef Viener of Monsey also holds it prohibited.


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Many who play attach their Yarmulkas via a bobby pin or Kippon. This assures that it will remain on their head and not fall off while playing sports.


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If memory serves, the Shulchan Aruch/Rama sound like a new bracha would be required, but contemporay poskim actually set a time limit when one intended to put it back on to begin with - I believe Rav Ovadiah Yosef, z"l, may have said 2hrs; ; Rav MosheFeinstein, z"l: 1 hour; and, yb"l, Rav Chaim Kanievsky, shlit"a: 30 minutes - after which such time has ...


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Closest idea I've ever seen was daf 6b in Megila, where it says Germamia (Germania), and the Medrash in Toldos adds Barbaria, were used to occupy Rome's energies so they wouldn't have time to annihilate us.


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I've asked R. Ari Hart (Hebrew Institude of Riverdale) for guidance in this matter, so I will share here what he told me in the hopes it helps you answer your question. Devices like these measure the steps you take, and measuring is prohibited on Shabbos. However, since you're not measuring, you let the computer do it, it may be OK. It would be better if ...


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http://www.5tjt.com/the-ultimate-sports-yarmulke/ I don't think this actually exists because they didn't get funding for it. But you can crib the idea and use a sweatband to trap the kippah in place, similar to Oliver's suggestion.


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There is a passage in Berachot 4b which might be taken as a comparison of the strength of different angels, which would apparently presume that different angels have different levels of strengths. R. Eleazar b. Abina said furthermore: Greater is [the achievement] ascribed to Michael than that ascribed to Gabriel. For of Michael it is written: Then flew unto ...


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Kippa Klipz stick onto the underside of your yarmulke, and you just clip them onto your hair. Unlike regular clips, these work with much less hair to clip onto, solely because of the angle. Just be careful when using them - in my experience they don’t come off of the yarmulke very easily, even in the wash.


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Some opinions prohibit biking on the grounds that the bike might break and the rider be tempted to fix it and some on the grounds that it might create furrows in the ground which would be plowing (though only a rabbinic prohibition, if you don't intend it or benefit from it). Others hold that biking is prohibited as a mundane activity or that, as something ...


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Regarding kipa - in a shiur I heard from R' Nissin Kaplan, he said that if you can't play a sport without taking off your kipa, then you can't play i.e. it's forbidden to remove your kipa for the sake of playing. Swimming he said you could for sure take it off, however he said that the Chazon Ish wore a swim cap in the water. Regarding modesty in your own ...


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HaRav Asher Weis shlita, the author of Minchas Asher, was asked about removing one's tallis katan when biking or joging and he answered that there is only a concern about removing it without good reason so one may do so if it is causing extreme discomfort. Sam has already shared Rav Belsky's opinion forbidding it.


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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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R. Yitzchak Abadi addresses this in Ohr Yitzchak 1:8 איני יודע מקום הספק בזה דממה נפשך אם חם או שזה מפריע לו באמת באיזה אופן שהוא או שהוא מתעמל ומפריע לו או שמפריע לו למלאכתו באיזה אופן וכיוצא בזה אין חיוב ללובשו אז ואם סתם רוצה לפרוק עול הרי הדלת פתוחה וכמאמר חז"ל [שבת דף ק"ד ע"א] הבא ליטמא פותחין לו I don't know what room there is for ...


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