Radbaz (Rabbi David Ben Zimra)
Prolific author of responsa tackled significant issues in his time.
Radbaz himself fails to see any problem here. There are, in fact, two opinions on the matter in the Talmud, not one. We do not follow, he says, the view that one who fasts is a sinner but rather the view that he is a holy man. However, Radbaz concludes, this only applies if he has the strength to engage in fasting. Mortification of the flesh to an excessive degree is forbidden by all the authorities.
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