Questions tagged [choleh-sick]

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

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Can someone fulfill his Shabbat meal obligation through his family if they eat a k'betza and he eats just a bit?

Suppose someone for health reasons can't eat a full k'betza of bread but can eat a crumb. He wants to l'chatchila (or bedi'eved) fulfil the standard Shabbat obligation of seuda and lechem mishna for ...
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Bringing Garlic When Visiting the Sick?

While describing the protection garlic can have to ward off negative forces, the Taamei Haminhagim Kuntres Acharon (659:20) writes: ששום מבריח החיצונים. שמעתי מפי איש נאמן ירא ה׳ שהרה״צ הקדוש מהר&...
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Any suggestions as to how we could connect the various Neurodiverse Labels (ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Autism) to the Torah?

The website below lists the various challenges and struggles of people with the various neurodiverse labels as well as the struggles it also lists their qualities and their strengths and the various ...
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Bava Kamma 60: getting sick because you fear getting sick

The Gemara in Bava Kamma (60b) says: The Sages taught: If there is plague in the city, gather your feet, i.e., limit the time you spend out of the house, as it is stated in the verse: “And none of ...
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Neurodiversity - autism , dyspraxia, dyslexia and ADHD [closed]

The word neurodiversity was coined in 1998 by Judy Singer who was the daughter of a holocaust survivor. It is more than a word but rather a paradigm that people with autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia and ...
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What name to use when praying for baby in need of healing before it is born?

Typically, when praying for someone in need of healing, we refer to them as "NAME ben/bat MOTHERS_NAME". For a baby before it is given a name, we can refer to them as "tinok ben/bat ...
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Leniency for depression on Shabbat?

The Talmud says: "הַמְכַבֶּה אֶת הַנֵּר מִפְּנֵי שֶׁהוּא מִתְיָרֵא מִפְּנֵי גּוֹיִם וּמִפְּנֵי לִיסְטִים, מִפְּנֵי רוּחַ רָעָה, מִפְּנֵי הַחוֹלֶה שֶׁיִּישַׁן — פָּטוּר." "One who ...
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Must one fast if her stomach hurts?

If someone's stomach hurts on Sheva asar b'tammuz, should she fast? Or do these extenuating circumstances free her from her obligation?
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May a Kohen with Auto-Brewery Syndrome Duchan?

This question is related to another question asked (How much alcohol does one need to consume in order to be halachically drunk or intoxicated?). Auto-Brewery Syndrome is a condition in which fungi or ...
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Is it permissible for a convert to care for a sick parental figure at home? [closed]

Suppose someone wishing to convert to Judaism was caring in her home for a chronically-ill adoptive parent who practiced another religion. Would this be an impediment to the conversion process? Would ...
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When is leniency allowed in treating sick people on Shabbat or Yom Tov?

Fourteen Israeli Sephardic rabbis have ruled that video-seders are acceptable during a pandemic. They based their ruling on the fact that halacha allows treating sick people on Shabbat even if their ...
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When it comes to making Kiddush, what's recommended for someone who is allergic to grapes?

I recently was reading about allergies and discovered examples of where individuals could experience anaphylaxis from ingesting grapes and grape derivatives. I was curious as to what the protocol is ...
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Wording of refaenu for sick person who is not Jewish

The refaenu bracha in the amida has wording to use for praying for someone who is sick. That wording ends "among the other ailing of Israel". Is it appropriate to use that wording for a ...
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At which point during the Torah reading on Shabbat is it appropriate to recite the prayer for the sick (מי שברך לחולים)?

Is there a correct or preferred point (aliyah) during the Shabbat Torah reading at which the traditional "mi shebeirach lecholim" prayer for the sick should be recited by the gabbai? If such ...
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Diseases that Halachically exempt one from Torah and Mitzvot?

BS"D I always heard that one who is a שוטה to a certain extent isn't obligated in Torah and Mitzvot. The first time I saw something similar inside is in Rambam Mishneh Torah (Yad Hachazaka) ...
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Father is sick but he's not Jewish

My mother is Jewish and I was raised Jewish. My dad converted in the reform tradition and I know what that means. Recently he's become ill, I am scared of what that means. I am incredibly close with ...
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Face Mask for Shmoneh Esreh?

Is a facemask considered "overdressed for davening"? Is there a difference between a disposable blue one vs custom made
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Tele-kovod?/ How do halochos of kovod and hidur (honor/ respect) apply virtually?

Must one stand for a Rabbi present by video conference?
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Are you liable for infecting others?

The Talmud says: One who injures another becomes liable for five things: damages, pain, medical expenses, incapacitation, and mental anguish. [Bava Kamma 83b] It does not spell out HOW or WHY the ...
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Does the COVID19 epidemic in NYC qualify as "Dever B'ir - a Plague in the City"?

Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim, 576) defines dever r"l or pestilence as an epidemic killing 3 people in 3 days (not 3 people in 4 days; not 3 people in 2 days) for a city of 500 working age men. How is ...
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What is the difference between a sickness and a plague?

Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim, Siman 576) discusses fasting and praying for Dever (a plague), and also for a sickness (choli). What is the difference between sickness and plague?
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Shabbat Hi Milizok: How to pray for sick on Shabbat?

Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Sites has been suggesting in his weekly Dvar Torah that people praying at home because of the Corona virus epidemic should add to the prayers ...
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How do we do Shabbat Hagadol Drasha at home

Because of the Corona virus synagogues are closed this week Tzav 5780 which is Shabbat Hagadol, we will not be able to fulfill the custom of a Shabbat Hagadol Drasha (sermon) according to the usual ...
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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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Articles on Care of terminally ill patients according to Halacha

Can someone suggest a well-written article on the treatment of terminally ill patients according to Halacha?
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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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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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