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At least with regards to hilchos Shabbos, you should choose the derabannan. See שמירת שבת כהלכתה לב:כז-כח*, who writes that if there is no difference in speed or quality of care, that one should choose to do a rabbinically prohibited action, instead of one that is Biblically prohibited. I don't know if this is Shabbos-specific, or if this rule applies ...


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The food in your first link, for which a b'racha isn't said, is food that was stolen. I don't think we can generalize from that to all forbidden foods. The Rambam says that any food that is asur does not get a b'racha either before or after. However, the Shulcan Aruch says that there is at least one case where you do say b'rachot afterwards. This answer ...


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In Judaism (as codified in the earliest of sources - the Mishna Ohalos (7:6) (HT Double AA for the English link)) the mother's life comes first, no matter how late in the pregnancy. Only once the baby is out enough to be considered independent does another Jewish value kick in - we can't pick between the relative importance of one life and another, and can't ...


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Bottom line on top: you should violate Shabbos for all cases of suicide on Shabbos. (R Moshe Feinstein, Tzitz Eliezer); with one (very rare, practically non-existent) exception according to R Shlomo Zalman Auerbach. Rabbi Moshe Halevi Spero explores this issue in his article in The Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society, vol. 3 (Spring 1982). I ...


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To give a real example of the situation that Adam Moshe raised as a theoretical possibility: I was not raised Orthodox (what would now be considered Traditional Halachic Conservative) but I encountered this situation once in my childhood - my sister was injured on Shabbat and my mother, without hesitation, bundled us all into the car and drove her to the ...


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It's not clear what the Halocho is regarding killing a non Jew. The texts have all been censored to make them PC. The Rambam in הלכות רוצח ושמירת נפש - פרק שני says: יא בָּרִאשׁוֹנָה מִי שֶׁהָרַג גֵּר תּוֹשָׁב אֵינוֹ נֶהֱרָג עָלָיו בְּבֵית דִּין שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (שמות כא-יד) 'וְכִי יָזִד אִישׁ עַל רֵעֵהוּ'. וְאֵין צָרִיךְ לוֹמַר שֶׁאֵינוֹ נֶהֱרָג עַל ...


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Rabbi EY Waldenburg (Tzitz Eliezer) discusses this question; his ruling is brought down by Rabbi Dr. Abraham Steinberg in Hilchos Rofi'm uRefuah (Mossad Harav Kook, 1978), 2:1:17: כאשר יסוד ההיתר לחילול שבת הוא משום הסברא של "חלל עליו שבת אחת כדי שישמור שבתות הרבה" -- כגון בעובר, יש מקום לומר שאז מותר חילול שבת רק במקרים של ודאי פקוח נפש ולא בספק ...


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Since this is a how-to question, I will answer it with practical advice. Questions about the particular halachos mentioned in passing may be asked separately. Here's what I've been told to do, with illustrative pictures. Before changing anything about what you do personally, you should talk to both your rabbi and your doctor. What is written here is just ...


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I've been thinking about this question on and off for a while; even asking a frum surgeon I know for his thoughts. I didn't initially understand his answer, but now I think I do, based on my recent studies in the halachos of pikuach nefesh on Shabbos. The rules for pikuach nefesh (saving of life) on Shabbos are that everything necessary must be done ...


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See the Minchas Chinuch mitzvah 32 after he lists all 39 melachos, right after Hotzaah, page 177 in the new editions, he goes into pikuach nephesh he says the Rambam and most poskim (according to the Kessef Mishna) hold it is dechuyah while Rabbeinu Meir brought in the Rosh say it Hutrah.


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Short answer: NO. Long answer: also NO. Here's why: Rabbi Yosef Karo writes (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 328:2): מִי שֶׁיֵּשׁ לוֹ חֹלִי שֶׁל סַכָּנָה, מִצְוָה לְחַלֵּל עָלָיו אֶת הַשַּׁבָּת; וְהַזָּרִיז, הֲרֵי זֶה מְשֻׁבָּח; וְהַשּׁוֹאֵל, הֲרֵי זֶה שׁוֹפֵךְ דָּמִים Someone who has a life-threatening illness is commanded (מצוה) to violate ...


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I asked a member of the Greater Washington [DC] Chevra Kadisha about this, and she told me that when they receive a deceased person who had an infectious disease, they can be directed to do a procedure called a "lay-over." In this case, they do not wash or dress the body or otherwise come in contact with it. Instead, they say the appropriate prayers and ...



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