This question is a part of a series on "death hastening".

As I understand, the Treyfah condition in humans is when one is destined to die in the foreseeable future (12 months?) with a high degree of certainty (see also WIKI).

I presume the advances in technology and medicine had shaken some of those definitions.

What medical conditions are considered Treyfah nowadays? And what had changed from the classical Rabbinical knowledge?

  • למאי נפקא מינה?
    – Joel K
    Feb 27, 2019 at 15:58
  • @JoelK One who kills a Treyfah is Potur. If one is infected with a deadly virus or has a Treyfah condition we might see the hastening differently.
    – Al Berko
    Feb 27, 2019 at 16:11
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    We don’t put people to death for murder nowadays, so I think it is unlikely that contemporary poskim would have addressed this issue (unlike perhaps animal treifot which are still very relevant)
    – Joel K
    Feb 27, 2019 at 16:26
  • @JoelK Animal medical conditions can be treated similarly. Most conditions that apply to humans and other mammals tend to be physiologically identical across species and can be treated the same way. (Obviously when it comes to medication, the dosing is different, but the same medication works across species.) As such, I think the question may well have been addressed by modern-day poskim in respect to animals, even if it wasn’t addressed in respect to humans.
    – DonielF
    Feb 27, 2019 at 22:46
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    You should explain what qualifies a human as a treifah and the ramifications thereof. While I and many other users know Hebrew, not everyone on MY does and, as such, pertinent information should be available in English Feb 27, 2019 at 23:04


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