Chumra and Prohibiting the Permissible (החומרא ואסירת המותר). The Talmud Yerushalmi cautions about taking unnecessary stringencies, both in their positive sense of taking upon oneself what is not required and the negative sense of abstaining from what is essentially permissible. The Sages singled out passages specifically from the Talmud Yerushalmi in forming their own attitudes toward stringency which is intertwined with any halakhic decision. (In progress . . . )
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