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Principle 5 – When to be Strict, When to be Lenient
Whenever there is doubt regarding any matter of halakhah (for example, if the text is unclear, or there is a difference of opinion between two reliable sources), one must always be strict in a matter of Torah Law, and lenient in a matter of rabbinical law.
It is safe to say that across the breadth of the Orthodox spectrum, all are aware of the Sages’ directive to be strict in a case of doubt in a matter of Torah law. However, most are not aware that the RaMBaM relates the directive to be lenient in a matter of rabbinical law in the same terminology. (1)Hil. Mamrim 1:9(5)
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