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According to http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~uzwiak/AnatPhys/Cardiovascular_System.html the heart touches the chest wall between the 5th and 6th ribs. So if this passage means that he literally stabbed him at the 5th rib, it would have been a very efficient and quick kill.


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If the genetically-engineered pig was gestated in a normal pig, then no it would not be kosher. Rambam, Laws of Prohibited Foods, 1:5--6 (or 4--5 depending on your edition): א,ה [ד] בהמה טהורה שילדה כמין בהמה טמאה--אף על פי שאינו מפריס פרסה, ולא מעלה גרה, אלא כמין סוס או חמור לכל דבר--הרי זה מותר באכילה. במה דברים אמורים, בשילדה בפניו. ... א,ו ...


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Well according to Wikipedia, here's the list of organs that can currently be transplanted from a living donor. For something like a kidney donation, the donor has two and gives one. For something like a liver donation, they take a piece from the donor, which he can live without (and will be enough to help the recipient): Lung Kidney Liver Intestine ...


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There are 2 approaches in halacha for distancing meat to dairy (see Shach YD 89:5). The Gemara says the distance is from meal to meal. Some interpret this as needing to bentch on your meat and start your milk at a different meal- the upshot being to distinguish it through separate meals. Others interpret the gemara as waiting the amount of time sages ...


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See this comprehensive survey at Aish, about plastic surgery in general. It mentions this kohen reason, in the name of Rabbi Menashe Klein, in his Mishneh Halachos, and (IIUC) Rav Shlomo Zalman Aurbach. But others permit for very different reasons: Thus: In 1961, Rabbi Immanuel Jakobovits, considered by many to be the father of the discipline of Jewish ...


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The Rambam in Mishna Torah Hilchos Milah 1:7 says that someone who has 2 Orlos they make the Bris for both on the 8th day. ומי שיש לו שתי ערלות, מלין את שתיהן בשמיני. The Aruch HaShulchan Yoreh Deah 262:13 and the Sefer Minchas Ani - Hilchos Milah 13 says that although the Bris is done on the 8th day by such a child it would not be done on the 8th day ...


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I don't have sources, but logically: On a purely halachic level, the prohibition is "eating" and your eating is done. It is a m'uvas lo yuchal liskon (Kohelet 1:15). One can argue that as long as the treif is in the system, there remains a kabbalistic issue of timtum halev, that the treif spiritually affects the body. However, this is not clear since the ...


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Short answer: Any STD. Basis for answer: This is discussed in the Tur and the Shulchan Aruch; Even HaEzer, Siman 9. It seems (based on reading the commentators on the above) that there are 2 approaches in the Gemara and both are considered as valid in Halacha. Medical approach The woman has a disease (what we'd call a STD) which results in her ...


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http://www.valleyfig.com/c_figs/index.htm It may surprise you to know that when you eat a half-cup of figs you get as much calcium as when you drink a half-cup of milk. http://www.health-benefits-of-olive-oil.com/foods-high-in-calcium.html However, olive oil is relevant to another part of the calcium puzzle, which is the calcium ...


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See question #533 over here: Many contemporary Poskim rule that teeth that fall out or are extracted may simply be discarded and do not require burial or any other special treatment. There is no difference between adults and children or between baby teeth or permanent teeth. See Shu"t Mishneh Halachos Vol. 16 Siman 113 where he brings some ...


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The Gemara there is discussing verse 24:1: א. וְאַבְרָהָם זָקֵן בָּא בַּיָּמִים וַי־הֹוָ־ה בֵּרַךְ אֶת אַבְרָהָם בַּכֹּל: And Abraham was old, advanced in days, and the Lord had blessed Abraham with everything. The different Rabbis are giving different interpretations how Avraham was blessed. This didn't happen until after Sarah passed ...


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The Tzitz Eliezer 13:35:3 brings down not to, the reason being that the throat and taste buds don't get pleasure (Minchas Yitzchak uses the same reasoning.)


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Basically, if a couple has valid reason to not have children right now, then a pill that prevents menstruation is fine. Judaism regards having children as a mitzvah, though (as in many things in life) it's complicated and there are caveats. It's recommended -- and according to some, required -- that a couple consult with their rabbi first before using birth ...


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M'tzudos quotes Rabi Yochanan as saying that that spot is particularly dangerous because of the presence there of the liver and gallbladder.


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The Be'er Moshe 8:36 discusses this issue and says it is something that they used be makpid on not to step over a child and if they went over him they would ask the person to step over him the other way so he can grow to his full height. The Be'er Moshe continues that this custom is considered among the custom of old women which the Rashba (Shu"t 1:69) ...


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As I mention on my post on this very topic, Rabbi Slifkin reported the following: I once asked Rav Gedaliah Nadel z”l, one of the foremost talmidim of the Chazon Ish, about the Chazon Ish’s medical knowledge. He told me that the Chazon Ish’s knowledge came from reading medical journals.


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ABSOLUTELY. DO NOT DRINK IF IT IS MEDICALLY CONTRAINDICATED!! NEVER EVER EVER!! Immediately after the statement about "obligation to drink on Purim", the Gemara tells a tale of one rabbi who got drunk and very nearly killed someone. Most rabbis say that's just a cautionary note to moderate your drinking, but the Baal HaMaor says the Gemara is refuting the ...


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Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh De'ah 179:5 (citing Sanhedrin 90a and 101a), states: הלוחש על המכה או על החולה ורוקק ואחר כך קורא פסוק מן התורה אין לו חלק לעוה"ב ואם אינו רוקק איסורא מיהא איכא ואם יש בו סכנת נפשות הכל מותר. תינוק שנפגע אין קורין עליו פסוק ואין מניחין עליו ס"ת. "One who whispers over a wound or over a sick person, expectorates, and ...


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To sum up what's been said so far: A Cohen, like any other Jew, is obligated to attempt to save a life. I'm not sure whether someone whose brain is alive but heart has stopped temporarily is halachically "alive", "dead", or possibly something in between. Again, this state doesn't naturally last for very long, so usually the discussion was about whether ...


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I'm sure there are several lectures on YUTorah.org about this; probably an article or two in Journal of Halacha & Contemporary Society as well. But in short: "having a shift where one must be in the hospital or be on call" -- we generally try to avoid putting ourselves into a situation in which a matter of life-or-death might occur which would ...


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Nit'ei Gavriel (Aveilus 4:4) cites various sources that there is a common practice to not tear kriyah in this instance anyway (and in note יב he mentions other variations, such as leaving a button undone for a while, or tearing kriyah at the moment of death only for a distinguished person). In 4:7 he also writes that it is indeed not customary for doctors ...


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There is a machlokes haposkim on this matter. Igros Moshe wrote in 1964 that since there is a possibility of danger from smoking, one should refrain from doing so, however, it is not forbidden because "Shomer Psaim Hashem", Hashem guards the fools. In 1981, R' Moshe wrote that the danger of smoking is no more than the danger of eating unhealthy foods, ...


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A man who has undergone a vasectomy is most likely in the category of Petzua Daka (crushed testicles) who is forbidden to marry a regular Jewess per Devarim 23:2 (although this might depend on the specific medical technique used). (See Shulchan Aruch EH 5:8,10.) The Talmud (Yevamot 76a) discusses whether a Kohein who is a Petzua Dakah can marry a convert. ...


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In Sefer Nishmat Avraham- Even Haezer Siman 23 this very question is asked. The Tzitz Eliezer sums up as follows: A husband may produce sperm for examination after his wife has been thoroughly tested. However the way the sperm should should be halachically obtained is as follows: 1) The simplest way would be a post-coital sample; this would be permitted by ...


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Excerpted from a statement Rabbi Breitowitz emailed to his congregants a few months ago: A number of poskim-the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, Rabbi Moshe Tendler, and the official position of the Rabbinical Council of America (with many ,many dissenters in their ranks) consider ... to be halachically dead. As such, life support can certainly ...


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The Midrash is quoted as saying "Why is its name called chazir? Because the Holy Name Blessed Be He will return it to Israel." A lot of commentaries learn this non literally (see here and here and here for examples). Others learn it literally. The Or Hachayim (Vayikrah 11:7), for example, says that when Moshiach comes the nature of the pig will change, and ...


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Seems to me that this whole question is based on a misunderstanding. The mishnah is not describing the diet of a poor woman. It is describing the supplies that the husband is obligated to provide to her as part of her basic rights as a wife. Most people had some livestock, either goats, sheep or cows in the times of the Mishanah. Milk spoiled within hours. ...


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The Rabbis forbade taking medicine on Shabbos (barring the person being sick), because they were worried one might come to grind medicine on Shabbos (think mortar and pestle), and grinding on Shabbos is a Biblical Prohibition (Tochen). In the time of the Gemara (and perhaps now, although I'm not aware of it) people would take medicine, in order to sweat for ...


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As heard from Rabbi Weiner, a student of Rabbi Elyashiv and a bio-halachist: When the morning-after pill is administered, we do not know if there is an embryo present. Hence it is permissible in the case of a rape. (He wouldn't go so far as to give it carte blanche for, say, the happily-married couple who are trying to space their pregnancies a bit better.) ...


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I haven't studies the sources inside, but a couple observations, and some places to do more research: There are several different ways that DNA may be used in Halacha, and these ways may have different laws. There's using DNA for paternity tests in cases of inheritance, which may (or may not) be different than paternity cases that concern Mamzerut. In ...



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