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64. A Torah Scholar’s Habits
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Deios 4:23 A Torah scholar is not permitted to live in a community that is lacking any of the following: a doctor, a bloodletter, a bathhouse, a restroom, a water source like a river or a spring, a shul, a teacher for schoolchildren, a scribe, a charity official, and a Jewish court (beis din) empowered […]
63. When There Is No Doctor
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Deios 4:21 All the good habits that the Rambam outlined only apply to a healthy person. A sick person, one who has a particular organ that is unwell, and one who has engaged in unhealthy activities for many years, must alter his behavior to treat his own particular situation, as per medical advice. Any deviation […]
62. Sexual Relations
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Deios 4:19 A man’s semen is a source of vitality, so one who squanders it damages his body, his strength and his health. This is suggested by Proverbs 31:3, in which King Solomon says, “Do not give your strength to women.” One who engages in excessive sexual relations ages himself prematurely and depletes his strength, […]
61. Bloodletting
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Deios 4:17 When a person leaves the bathhouse, he should dress and cover his head in the outer room in order to avoid catching a chill. One should be sure to do this even in the summer. After leaving the bathhouse, one should wait until he settles back down and the heat of the bath […]
60. The Bathhouse
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Deios 4:15 If a person is sedentary and does not exercise, or if he doesn’t move his bowels when necessary, or if he is constipated, then even if he eats the right foods and follows medical advice, he will nevertheless experience pain. Such a person’s strength will diminish. Overeating is the primary source of all […]
59. Bathroom Habits
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Deios 4:13 A person should choose a diet that makes his bowels looser because the alternative is far worse. A good diet for a younger person to achieve this goal if constipated includes fish oil, salt without bread, spinach water and cabbage water. An older person should drink honey diluted with hot water in the […]