The Basics of Judaism: Basic Values and Morality: Avoiding Risky Situations:
Where do we derive the obligation to avoid risky situations?
The verse "Guard yourself and guard your spirit", "hishamer lecha u-shemor
nafshecha" (Deut. 4:9), is cited by Maimonides (Mishneh Torah, Laws of Murder
and Protection of Life 11:4) as a source for the commandment to avoid any
situation in which there is danger to life.
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