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Questions tagged [choleh-sick]

For issues - in halacha and Jewish thought - about people who are not healthy.

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Is it allowed to suck blood from a wound?

A natural reaction when cutting oneself (e.g., on a finger) is to suck out the blood. However the Torah writes (Vayikra 17:12-14 and other places) "עַל־כֵּן אָמַרְתִּי לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל כָּל־...
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How can I pray for Jewish people as they approach death? I am a hospice chaplain

I am a chaplain in a hospice, serving those who are terminally ill. As a chaplain, I do not promote my faith, rather, I help those walk in their faith as death approaches. One of the sad issues I ...
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Causing Bitul Torah to the Choleh when visiting

Visiting the sick - Bikur Cholim - is the type of Mitzvah that often/usually cannot be done by others (since every person potentially makes a difference), and therefore one has an obligation to do so ...
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Is killing the terminally ill OK?

I would like to understand this passage in Makkot 7a: https://www.sefaria.org/Makkot.7b.4?lang=bi&with=Commentary&lang2=bi [The mishna teaches that] Rabbi Tarfon and Rabbi Akiva say: If we ...
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How sick does one have to be to qualify for a “Mi Shebberach”? [duplicate]

Are there guidelines about how sick you have to be to be included in the mi shebberach list read during the torah service? A cold? Bronchitis? The flu? Pneumonia? I'm not asking about private ...
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Illness in certain part of body

I remember hearing that if someone has a sickness, disease, or ailment in a specific part of the body, they should do specific cheshbon nefesh regarding that area of their body. For instance, if a ...
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To what extent does the Torah make allowances for people in severe physical pain? [closed]

I have a severe progressive neurological disease and it's exceptionally painful. Current medical technology unfortunately is not able to provide much in the way of treatment or relief. Everyday things ...
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In prayer for sick, can one name count for two people?

On Shabbat morning, the gabbai prays for the sick to be healed and reads out a list of names of sick people, that was provided by the community. In the case where two sick people have the same name (...
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When to bentsch gomel for a chronic illness?

Suppose one has a chronic, ongoing illness with occasional flare-ups requiring hospitalization or other emergency intervention. After the immediate crisis caused by the flare-up is over, should one ...
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Lethal experiments on terminally ill patients

This incident may not have happened exactly as listed, but that's not the point. For the purpose of this question, we'll assume it did. During World War II, The scientists at the Manhattan Project ...
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Is there a minhag NOT to say “Mi Sheberach” for the ill on a weekday Yom Tov?

My shul has some "strange" minhagim that I haven't seen elsewhere. They reserve reciting the prayer for the ill for Shabbat and "regular" weekdays but will specifically not recite it if a Yom Tov ...
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How far do we take the principle of “so that the daughters of Israel not be promiscuous toward immorality”?

The Gemara (Sanhedrin 75a) discusses a case of a man who became so lovesick for a woman that he fell deathly ill. The Chachamim said it would be better to let him die than to be intimate with her, and ...
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Is there a principle as “so that the sons of Israel not be promiscuous toward immorality”?

The Gemara (Sanhedrin 75a) discusses a case of a man who became so lovesick for a woman that he fell deathly ill. The Chachamim said it would be better to let him die than to be intimate with her, and ...
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Who is pulled to safety first?

If a group of people are in mortal danger, all of the same gender (cf. Horayot 13a; some suggest that the Mishnah on Horayot is not discussing a case of rescuing from physical danger, cf. Tziz Eliezer ...
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Which is better: going to learn poorly for a week, or to miss one day to learn better the rest?

Let’s say someone is sick. Laryngitis. Hardly able to speak. He’s able to go to learn, but it’s extremely difficult and painful. If he goes, he will learn poorly because of his condition, and he will ...
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Bentshing Refuah Sheleimah for Trivial Illnesses

Is there a minimum degree of illness (subjectively speaking) for which one can request a refuah sheleimah (a speedy recovery) while saying Shemona Esreh? Can one request it for one’s child, for ...
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Requesting Refuah Sheleimah for Oneself [duplicate]

Is one allowed to request a refuah sheleimah (a speedy recovery) for oneself, while saying Shemona Esreh? If so, does one need to say one’s Hebrew name, or just say אותי ("me")?
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How long does “bikur cholim” last?

When someone visits the sick and fulfils the mitzvah of bikur cholim, when is he "finished" or is he constantly fulfilling the mitzvah as long as the choleh wants him to stay? If he is constantly ...
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Is it proper to daven for someone who has “no hope”?

If someone has a sickness that by current medical knowledge is terminal and has no chance of being cured, is it proper to daven for that person to get better? Might this be considered a tefilas shav ...
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Can one establish a minyan in a nursing home?

SA O.C. 90:26 mentions that one cannot say amidah in an area where there is a bad odor such as from feces. There is a nursing home near my home that has a minyan. Occasionally, the hallway gets a bad ...
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Source needed: Allowing one to pray for non-critical illness on Shabbat

Based on comments on this question: Is there any written evidence - from a reliable source - that one may daven for a חוֹלֶה שֶׁאֵין בּוֹ סַכָּנָה - someone not deathly ill - on Shabbat. Classic ...
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Praying for someone who has given up

Is it worthwhile to pray for someone who is no longer trying to get a livelihood or be cured of an illness?
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Proper protocol for saying Mi Sheberach for the ill

I've seen different shuls do different methods of saying Mi Shebreach for the ill. Methods I have seen: Chazzan (or gabbai) says the intro aloud; people line up and give him the name and he says them ...
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Checking for Testicular Cancer

May a man look at and/or touch his reproductive organ while bathing? made me think of another related question. It has been medically suggested that men do a regular self-check for testicular ...
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May someone say the prayer for the ill for someone who is emotionally “ill”?

Lo Aleinu. Let's say someone's friend's teen-age daughter died from a terrible sickness. The parents have been distraught and "disabled" for year because of the emotional trauma. They isolate ...
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Where is there a discussion about it being okay to put non-kosher animal products into one's human body?

Where can one find the earliest rabbinic discussion about it being okay to put non-kosher animal products into one's human body, as long as it is not in a digestive manner? I would like my question ...
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Can commandments be transgressed to prevent future illnesses?

My question is whether or not a commandment can be broken in cases that could prevent an illness (e.g if it was certain that eating pig could prevent a certain type of cancer, consuming freshly ...
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Can one repeatedly say a prayer for a chronically sick person in Shmonei Esrei?

The ArtScroll Siddur and many others include a prayer for sick people in the blessing of refaeinu: יְהִי רָצון מִלְּפָנֶיךָ ה' אֱלהַי וֵאלהֵי אֲבותַי שֶׁתִּשְׁלַח מְהֵרָה רְפוּאָה שְׁלֵמָה מִן ...
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The addition to Refaeinu

In the artscroll siddur amongst others, there is a text to be added in to the bracha of refaeinu if one wants to daven for a specific choleh. The text seems to be rather standard (I.e. it is in some ...
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Why is Tisha b'Av stricter than other mitzvos with regard to rabbinical prohibitions for a choleh?

Why is Tisha b'Av apparently stricter than other mitzvos--including Shabbos--with regards to rabbinical prohibitions for a choleh? On Shabbos, one who is in a state of choleh kol gufo (debilitating ...
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Habakkuk 3:5 and דבר

I have some questions to ask : 1) what does [דבר ] mean? Does it mean cholera? or plague? Or does it mean all kinds of Infectious and contagious diseases? 2) what is the exact translation of [לפניו ...
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Can you lie to a terminally ill child?

The torah commands us to distance from a false thing. I would like to know if any halachic authorities have discussed whether or not this commandment may be put aside when dealing with a terminally ...
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Saying Tehillim for a sick person

There is a custom to say Pesukim from Tehillim 119 based on a person's Hebrew name when they are sick. (See, for example, here and here.) How are these Pesukim said? For example, my name is דניאל ...
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Wishing someone Mazel Tov may turn out to be problematic

I am a member of a Chabad-Lubavitch shul with its wonderfully diverse community here in Southeast Asia though I am not a Chasid. I may have caused some discomfort to our much loved Rabbi & ...
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How should multiple cholim be included in the refuah bracha in the silent amidah? [duplicate]

When praying for multiple cholim, how should they be included in the bracha of refaeinu? What words should be used in between their names? For example, when adding another name do we insert ולחולה (...
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How far must one suffer for Arba Kosos?

As discussed here, the Yerushalmi (Pesachim 10:1) notes that some Amoraim suffered tremendous headaches from drinking the Arba Kosos that lasted for weeks, if not months. (I'm not sure what the events ...
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Removing vs. not having sickness - Shemot (Mishpatim) 23:25 vs. Shemot (Beshalach) 15:26

In Shemot 23:25, G-d says that he will remove all sicknesses from your midst. In Shemot 15:26, G-d says that all sicknesses that he placed on the Egyptians will not be placed upon Israel. There might ...
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Repeatedly ill after going to Mikvah

A number of times after my wife has been to the Mikvah (but not every time) she is ill on that night with symptoms very much like a stomach bug and each time has been up for hours in the night in a ...
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Why do people make Shabbos early as a zchus for a sick person?

Sometimes women will light candles and accept the Shabbos a few minutes earlier than usual as a zchus for a sick person. How does accepting Shabbos early act as a zchus? How does it compare with ...
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What is the origin of the minhag to bake challah for the ill? [duplicate]

Yesterday, I noticed on my Jewish community email group that someone was sponsoring a group challah "bake off" for refu'ah shleima (speedy recovery) for a group of ill people. I have seen these ...
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What is the sin of the pious man in Bava Kamma 80a?

In http://halakhah.com/babakamma/babakamma_80.html Our Rabbis taught: There was once a certain pious person who suffered with his heart, and the doctors on being consulted said that there was ...
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Visiting a sick parent who doesn't want visitors

If one's parent is ill, one would probably want to visit. It is, it seems, some level of mitzvah (though it isn't explicitly on the Rambam's list of 613, it is included under some other general ...
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Are people taking care of their toddlers Patur from Sukkah?

Sukkah 25a says חולין ומשמשיהן פטורין מן הסוכה - Sick people, as well as those taking care of them, are Patur from Sukkah (See 26a that this applies even if it is not a life threatening illness, such ...
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Sick and causing others to get sick as well [duplicate]

If someone who attends yeshiva catches a cold, is he allowed to attend yeshiva the next day if he will get other people sick?
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Hospitalized - visit by my Rabbi

I am a member of a Chabad shul here in an Asian capital city. Most members of our wonderfully diverse Jewish community are not Hasidic. This is so in my case. I now find myself in a local hospital run ...
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New Name for parent [duplicate]

My father is very ill and they have given him an additional name. Does this new name that he was given a few weeks ago alter the way that I get called up for an Aliyah going forward, both while he is ...
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How many people are needed to (virtually) eliminate a person's sickness?

(Alright, how many ben gilo's.) The Gemara in BM 30b says that each ben gilo visitor to a sick person eliminates 1/60 of their sickness by taking it upon himself. Presumably this means 1/60 of what's ...
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My sister is in the hospital with severe illness [closed]

How do I pray for her? How do I comfort her? How should I comfort my parents? How does my role as a Jewish son dictate my responsibilities? I'm 21 and she's 18.
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Why are Moshe, Aharon, David and Shlomo mentioned in the prayer for the sick?

Based on Nusach Ashkenaz, it seems that when there is a prayer beginning with the words מי שברך , that only the 3 fathers (Avraham, Yitzhak and Ya'akov) are mentioned. Two examples: Mi Sheberach for ...
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Explain the different positions of reciting the prayer for an ill person in weekday Amidah

I pray Nusach Ashkenaz. I noticed that various Siddurim place the personal prayer for ill people ("Yehi Ratzon") in one of two places during the weekday Amidah. Art Scroll says to include it in the ...