As I've mentioned elsewhere, I'm currently preparing a chabura (presentation) on the laws of medical emergencies on Shabbos.

What sources discuss the halachos of medicine on Shabbos?

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  • Yoma 85a-b (which verse teaches that we violate שבת to save a life; וחי בהם ולא שימות בהם)
  • Shabbos 107b (popping pimples and containing dangerous snakes on Shabbos)
  • Shabbos 30a (extinguishing candles for patients is only for the dangerously ill, but for the חולה שאין בו סכנה extinguishing candles is פטור אבל אסור)


  • Rikanti 166 (some rabbis felt that treatments that will not certainly heal the patient do not supersede Shabbos/Yom Kippur; they are dead wrong [pun intended, see there ;-)])
  • Tosfos to Sukkah 26a (sv ואפילו) (danger to limb = danger to life, even for Chillul Shabbos)
  • Meiri to Shabbos 29b


Shulchan Aruch

Recent Publications

  • Shemiras Shabbos K'hilchasa (Rabbi Yehoshua Yeshaya Neuwirth) chapters 32-41 (all laws, especially practical applications in the modern era) [ Note: some outdated technical information ]
  • Hilchos Rofim uRefuah (rulings of the Tzitz Eliezer [Rabbi Eliezer Yehudah Waldenburg] on medical halachos, compiled by Rabbi Dr. Avraham Steinberg) Sha'ar 2 (all laws, especially practical applications in the modern era)
  • Nishmas Avraham (Rabbi Dr. Abraham Abraham) Orach Chayim, in all the sections that deal with Shabbos. (all laws, especially practical applications in the modern era) [ Note: the older editions contain outdated technical information ]
  • Halachot for the Patient on the Sabbath, Festivals and Yom-Kippur (Rabbi Dr. Abraham Abraham) available in both Hebrew and English
  • Halacha uRefuah by Rav Moshe Hershler, published 1981 (h/t Yishai)

A lot of the sources came from the source sheet for this shiur by Rav Herschel Shachter, and some from the local ENT.


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