Sakanta Chamira Mei’issura

Sakanta Chamira Mei’issura-Being more careful in matters of danger than in Halachic prohibitions:[1]

One must beware of all matters that can endanger one’s life, being that a dangerous matter is even more severe than a forbidden matter and one is to suspect more for a possible dangerous matter then for a possible forbidden matter. [This matter has practical ramification regarding the nullification of a food that is prohibited due to danger [i.e. is it nullified, can it be nullified even initially, do we apply Safek Sfeika etc. etc.]. Some Poskim[2] that this rule only applies to natural dangers and not to Segula dangers. Other Poskim[3] however, apply this rule to all kinds of dangers, even Segula dangers.]


[1] Michaber O.C. 173:2; Rama Y.D. 116:5; Chulin 10a; Kitzur SHU”A 33:7; Sefer Shemiras Haguf Vihanefesh [Lerner] Mavo 8

[2] Toras Chesed E.H. 5:5; Imrei Eish Y.D. 60; Tuv Taam Vadaas Telisa 2:198; Maharshag 2:240; Yabia Omer 1 Y.D. 9

[3] Chelkas Hasadeh 25 based on Birkeiy Yosef Y.D. 9; Shulchan Chaiy Pesicha 3 based on P”M O.C.4 A”A2; M”Z 7

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