שולחן ערוך, חושון משפט תכז:ח
And so too any obstacle that endangers life, it is a positive commandment to remove it and to be very careful around it as it is said, “Protect yourself and guard yourself." (Deuteronomy 4:9) And if he did not remove and set aside these obstacles that are dangerous, he violated the positive commandment and also violated the commandment, “Do not bring bloodguilt upon yourself” (Deuteronomy 22:8). [AJWS translation]
Suggested Discussion Questions:
1. What constitutes an obstacle that endangers life? Would lack of access to medical care count? Lack of access to education?
2. In what ways can business practices count as obstacles? In what ways do they not?
Time Period: Medieval (Geonim through the 16th Century)