Diverting trouble (Halacha a day)

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One may not divert trouble if it will then go to a fellow Jew. However, before the damage arrives, one may protect oneself from being damaged, even if somebody else may suffer as a result.

For example: If a river overflows into one’s garden, one may not divert nor drain it, in a manner that will then flood a neighbor’s garden.

However, before the river arrives near one’s property, one is allowed to create a barrier, even if it would then go to a neighbor should it overflow, since the neighbors could also protect themselves beforehand.

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 183:2

 
Danny Schoemann
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