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The story is from Avot deRabi Natan. Rabbi Shimon ben Yochai visited someone who was in severe pain and cursed out God because of it. The conclusion of the story is that the best thing for the visitor to do is be a good listener, not show up to lecture the sufferer about faith. So if I see someone now cursing out God because of the pain, it's not my place ...


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I don't think so. I was studying in Israel when I found myself in that situation and asked one of the rabbis (don't remember which) then present at the Shalom Hartman Institute, who advised me to pray my own words from my heart. (I did, and made it home in time without adding to my pet's suffering.) I modeled what I said loosely on the various conclusions ...


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Not that I'm aware of. But Jewish law traditionally has a high value on concern for animals' pain. So perhaps something like: Almighty God, Whose mercy is on all His creatures; You commanded us not to stand idly by when a donkey is suffering from a crushing burden, and thus it's heartbreaking for us to see our pet suffer like this. We beseech You to ease ...


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SAH gave an excellent exposition of the laws of mitzvot from the Torah. Rabbinic mitzvot are subject to a more lenient set of laws. While each Rabbinic mitzvah has its own laws - please consult your own LOR, do research, or ask separately - the following things are often considered regarding Rabbinic obligations: Hefsed Gadol - a large loss of money Tza'ar ...


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Likely, the reference is to the story in I Samuel 5-6 where the Philistines captured the Ark of the Covenant in battle, and were stricken with hemorrhoids and rats whilst they held on to it. After 7 months, they returned the Ark to the Jews along with an offering of 5 Golden Hemorrhoids and 5 Golden Rats from the 5 Philistine cities. It's not unusual for ...


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From the Star-K Website: Although it is preferable to visit someone in person, if one is unable to do so or if the patient prefers, one may fulfill the mitzvah of bikur cholim by telephoning (or emailing) the patient The footnote is a bit off (the number is 39, but the link codes it to #38) but the source is one of these 2: Gesher Hachaim pg 212. ...


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As you mentioned, "רפואה" can mean both things: healing an existing disease, or preventing a future one. Rashi himself asks your question. He brings the midrash, which reads the passuk as "I will put none of the sicknesses upon thee... (yet if I will, it will be as though I didn't), for I am the LORD that healeth thee." The Siftei Chachamim explain that ...


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I have had a similar situation occur. Once, many years ago when I got sick in the middle and another when the doctor who was leining (in a hospital) got an emergency call. In both cases, the leining (since it was after the minimum number of pesukim) was ended at the next pasuk, and the new person took over for the next aliyah. This was because the specified ...


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I think the phrase you are looking for is חֹן בינה לרופא - grant wisdom to the Doctor. You can find a prayer containing these words - with vowels - on page 1058 of the Hertz Siddur - available here. אנא יי רופא כל בשר • רחם עלי וסעדני בחסדך הגדול על ערש דוי : שלח לי תרופה ותעלה בתוך שאר חולי בניך: רפא את מכאבי וחדש כנשר נעורי: חֹן בינה לרופא ...


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Or you could try the Training Manual For Bikur Cholim Volunteers put out by The Rabbi Isaac N. Trainin Bikur Cholim Coordinating Council, http://www.bikurcholimcc.org/.


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I am unaware that there is any prescribed order to this. Most places I have attended do the following order: 1 - Announce the names of those who are ill and that Tehillim will be recited for them. I am assuming that you are talking about a small (1-3 people, avg.) group of people, though, there is no strict protocol. Also, I have usually seen this ...


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The Gemara is not saying that the Korban is to atone for the words spoken during childbirth. It is to atone for reneging on what was sworn then. The concept of ignoring what was said during a time of distress is that complaints which would otherwise be inappropriate can be understood as coming from pain. This wasn't meant to apply to promises and swearing. A ...


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The choices you bring are not the one's mentioned in Halacha. Here's an overview of what the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch brings: Teshuva & Prayer See סימן קכז - הלכות תענית יחיד in the Kitzur: כְּשֵׁם שֶׁמִּצְוָה עַל הַצִּבּוּר לְהִתְעַנּוֹת וּלְהִתְפַּלֵּל עַל כָּל צָרָה שֶׁלֹּא תָבוֹא, כָּךְ מִצְוָה עַל כָּל יָחִיד שֶׁאִם בָּאָה עָלָיו חַס וְשָׁלוֹם ...


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In my shul in Montreal, the list of names of the sick is growing all the time. It seems to me that we should do the mi shehbayrach for those who are sick today or very recent, and those who are having an operation. However, those who are chronically sick, should be reduced to perhaps once a week. This is one solution. Another solution would be to divide ...


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I think you are translating it wrong, hence the confusion. שבת היא מלזעוק ורפואה קרובה לבא means: On Shabbat one is forbidden from crying out [as in praying], (yet, your) healing is (surely) about to happen soon. Essentially, instead of a direct prayer as in the classic רפואה שלמה - [Hashem grant you ] a full recovery, you are blessing them with a רפואה ...



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