Questions tagged [choleh-sick]

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What is the source for the Prayer for the Sick?

What is the source of the Prayer for the Sick which is included in the back of the Artscroll Tehillim and founded here: Prayer for the Sick G‑d, G‑d, mighty, merciful and gracious, long - suffering, ...
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Fasting in Nissan for epidemic

In general we refrain from observing fast days during the month of Nissan (S"A O"C 429:2). There are some exceptions, like a taanis chalom. For a communal distress such as a deadly epidemic a ...
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Gedolim on Spanish Flu

Did the Gedolim of the time during whcih the Spanish Flu was spreading (and killed anywhere from 17 million to 50 million people) comment on it and provide any halachic guidance on whether to permit ...
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How can the Gemara entertain the possibility that mental health takes priority over a potential danger to life?

Bava Kamma 60b writes that one should remain indoors when a plague rages outside, quoting three pesukim to support this. While the first passuk establishes the base case, the second passuk establishes ...
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Shabbat in Quarantine

Israel is currently (March 20th, 2020) under lockdown, shuls are closed, and most people will not pray in a minyan or hear the Torah read. I've seen recent psakim about shutting down shuls, but are ...
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Was Achashveirosh feeling unwell in beginning of chapter six?

In the beginning of chapter six it says that the king couldn't sleep and he was told a story of how Mordechai saved him, etc. And it them says that Haman was coming to tell the king about his plan. ...
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Torah response to epidemics

What advice can be found in Torah sources for what to do in cases of an epidemic or pandemic? Or what does the Torah say to prevent sickness, even if it weren't epidemic?
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Mishloach Manos from quarantine [duplicate]

The Jerusalem Post quotes Rabbi Eliahu Birnbaum, director of the Straus-Amiel Institute of Ohr Torah Stone, as saying that if someone is quarantined due to the coronavirus they should send someone a ...
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Megillah for someone in quarantine due to coronavirus [duplicate]

I've been hearing multiple opinions as to what someone in quarantine for Coronavirus should do for Megillas Esther. The RCA quotes Rav Hershel Schachter as saying: “In a situation in which it is ...
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Need article on care of terminally ill patients according to halacha

Can someone suggest a well written article on treatment of terminally ill patients according to halacha? I was asked to provide this material and need help in finding adequate content on this subject.
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Is it considered 'bikur cholim' to call someone who's sick?

When someone calls a friend who is sick to see how he's doing and to wish him a refuah shleima, is that technically a fulfillment of mitzvahs bikur cholim?
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Can tefillin shel yad be worn on one's clothes? [duplicate]

Someone I know has a medical condition that prevents him from wearing tefillin on his bare arm. Can an ones wear the tefillin on his clothes, instead, or should he not wear this at all? If the 2nd ...
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Adding a name for sick person [duplicate]

It is common practice for someone who is dangerously ill to add a name (as a form of shinui mazal). I have noticed that people who name after somebody who had a name added during illness who ...
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Is there a tefilah/segulah requesting that bowel and intestine should work?

My brother-in-law is critically ill in ICU and some of his organs have stopped working. My sister whatsapped me this morning: "Intestines not working. Abdomen so Swollen. Cannot take in any feeds. ...
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Why use a gendered MiShebeirach for sick people?

During leining, many synagogues have someone recite a prayer on behalf of sick people. The version I grew up with was for cholim (males) with the language including a reference to רמ"ח איבריו ושס"ה ...
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Prayer regarding the dangerous premature birth of gentile friend’s baby

My dear gentile friend gave birth very, very prematurely (at @ 5 months) to her due date. The female baby survived but is still dependent on a breathing tube and is still very weak and underweight. ...
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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 & ...