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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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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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It appears that yes, indeed, you can postpone relations if both spouses agree, but it is best avoided. The international Beis Horaah says It is better not to postpone marital relations, but if it will not be comfortable for one or both of the couple, then it is permitted to postpone. On the other side postponing shouldn't be taken lightly, see for ...


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According to yoatzot.org, "[y]ou are not required to be intimate on mikveh night." The situation under discussion in that article is where the couple wants to abstain because they are angry at each other rather than simply out of convenience; however, the claim is stated without qualification.


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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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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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The gemoro Nedarim 40 explains how important it is that anyone who visits the sick should pray for the sick person while visiting. Any sort of suffering, including illness, can be brought about by having sinned, see here . The sin can be a barrier to recovery but repentance can remove the barrier. This article by the Chicago Community Kollel points out ...


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The point that is being made is that one is allowed to add a personal prayer to any of the middle brachos in shmona esrai as long as it is appropriate to the theme of the bracha. Thus, the theme of rafa-ainu is healing a sick person and it would not be allowed to say a different type of bracha (such as for parnasa) at that point. However, the theme for shma ...


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In Beshvilai Harefua #6 - Sivan 5744 there is a piece written by Rabbi Moshe Feinstein Zatzal. He says that Doctors can not recognize when someone is Goses. ולענין סימני גסיסה שמעתי שהרופאים אין מכירים בהם


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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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