Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Halocho #575 - Can one walk under a ladder?

The Torah forbids one to act based on superstitions. (Vayikra 19:26)

Saying "Because the bread fell out of my mouth / my walking stick fell / a deer crossed my path, therefore I will/won't do something" is forbidden.

Similarly, when being asked for a loan at the beginning of a week / month one is forbidden to answer "please don't make me start the week / month by lending money".

Refusing to walk under a ladder for fear of injury is a Mitzva; looking after your wellbeing.

Source Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 166:1, 33:13

- Danny
Tuesday, 12 Sivan 5770

Please daven for a complete recovery for
Chagai Yitzchak ben Pnina - חגי יצחק בן פנינה

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