Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Mitzvos Relating to Our Fellow Man

30: Safety and Prevention

Build a fence for your roof... (Devarim 22:8)

It is a mitzvah to put up a sturdy guardrail at least ten tefachim high (about forty inches) wherever there is a danger of someone falling. One also may not keep a dangerous animal in his home (Kesubos 41a).

Checking on safety measures regularly is an ongoing fulfillment of this mitzvah (Sefer HaMitzvos HaKatzar, aseih 75).

The Sefer HaChinuch explains that although everything is in Hashem's hands, we are obligated by the Torah to live in a healthy and safe way. One may not act recklessly and risk danger.

The Rambam calls this section of halachah "The Laws of Murder and Guarding Oneself" because a lack of safety is a form of carelessness which can lead to murder, chas veshalom. Just as one is forbidden to murder others, one may not allow dangers that can lead to people suffering. (See our book Treat Yourself Right [Targum / Feldheim, 2001] on this topic.)


Text Copyright © 2007 by Rabbi Moshe Goldberger and Torah.org.


 
Sell Chometz Online







ARTICLES ON PESACH AND THE OMER:

View Complete List

The Meaning of Freedom
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5760

Lag B'Omer & The Big Picture
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770

A Ritual Memory Transfer
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5760

> What is the Question?
Rabbi Label Lam - 5763

All Alone
Shlomo Katz - 5768

“Letter to my Son Akiva”
Jon Erlbaum - 5773

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Yosef’s Bones And Splitting Of The Sea: A Lesson In Unity
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5767

How Do We Approach This Child?
Rabbi Label Lam - 5764

Sea the Miracle
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5764

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Why Women Saved the Day
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5761

Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756

Worth the Struggle
Rabbi Label Lam - 5767

ArtScroll

Sefiras HaOmer and Rabbi Akiva
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

Pesach: The Obligation of Profound Appreciation
Rabbi Label Lam - 5764

A Count of Anticipation
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

Hagadah Shel Pesach
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5764



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information