Suggested Discussion Questions:
1) Why do you think Rabbi Eliezer thinks that damaging your body is a violation of Bal Tashchit? How does the story about Rav Hisda challenge this assumption?
2) Rabbi Eliezer is known to be rather wealthy and Rav Hisda is known to be impoverished. How do you think their respective financial situations affect their opinions here, if at all?
3) What concern do both Rav Hisda and Rabbi Eliezer share despite their difference in opinion?
4) Which opinion resonates more with you?