Saturday, March 21, 2009

Asceticism and Fasting


"Rabbi Yosi said: An individual is not permitted to cause himself to suffer through extra fasting, lest he need the aid of others who will not help him.

"Rav Yehudah cited Rav, saying: What is Rabbi Yosi's reason? It is written, 'And man became a living spirit' - Keep this soul, which I have invested in you, alive."

(Talmud, Taanit 22b)

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