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Can a Jewish doctor refuse to treat a wicked non-Jew?

Ignoring any Secular law issues, Is a Jew obligated to save the life of a wicked non Jew? Does it make a difference whether his refusal will become publicly known? Example: If a non-Jew who is a ...
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Would medical care be forbidden, if not for the permission of Ex 21:19?

At Bava Kamma 85a , the Talmud and the Rishonim discuss Ex 21:19 as the authority by which a doctor is permitted to heal a patient. Is this discussion really halachic? If no verse mentioned doctors ...
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Halachic difference between a medicine and a supplement?

Dietary supplements are a huge industry right now. Many people are taking a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and herbs in the same way they would take a prescription from a doctor. The problem with ...
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Why would I have thought that healing contradicts the will of Hashem?

Bava Kamma 85a: תניא דבי ר' ישמעאל אומר (שמות כא, יט) ורפא ירפא מכאן שניתן רשות לרופא לרפאות It is taught in a Braisa: The academy of R’ Yishmael says: “Heal, he will heal” - from here [we ...
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Can a person who has difficulty standing read from the Torah while sitting?

Must one stand to read from the Torah (in a communal reading) if one has difficulty standing?
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Are Noahide women permitted to undergo a tubal ligation?

Shalom! I am a non Jewish G-d fearing woman with two children and even though I am still quite young (24) I don't want to have any more children. I have severe depression and anxiety so the two I ...
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Are the children obligated to [care to] heal their parents?

We have found a Rabbinical regulation of obligating a husband to care (at least financially) for his wife's health. While we're obligated for honoring our parent [by caring for them, feeding and ...
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How did the Rambam write about kidney removal?

From this answer: The Rambam (Bias Mikdash 6:7) states clearly that a Kohain whos Kidney was removed is NOT considered a Baal Mum. אֵין פּוֹסֵל בָּאָדָם אֶלָּא מוּמִין שֶׁבְּגָלוּי. אֲבָל ...
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How much blood makes a niddah? [closed]

Sometimes a woman is bleeding but is not having a clear period. What amount of blood (on colored clothing) would no longer be considered a kesem but would make the woman a nidah through a presumed ...
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CPAP on Shabbat

What is the halacha for using a CPAP machine for sleep apnea, that must be used daily, on Shabbat? A CPAP machine for sleep disorders obviously would be switched on before retiring to bed and off ...
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Can a Beit -Din force a Jew to save another Jew's life?

A Jew that's terminally ill R"l, and the only treatment is thru a bone marrow transplant. He has a very special type of blood (this is not a biological question). So theoretically and Halachicly (if ...
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What things are done differently for an adult circumcision?

I have never attended an adult circumcision, and I don't know anyone, personally, who was circumcised as an adult. I'm curious if there are any notable differences between an adult and child ...
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Why might capsule vitamins need to be Kosher? [duplicate]

What are the sources that state that vitamin capsules need to be Kosher? For example, iron capsule vitamins. Does anyone know the sources?
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Is one allowed to save someone with psychological disorders on Shabbos? [duplicate]

The Halacha is well-known: in general, one violates Torah prohibitions in order to save a life. I will specifically focus on Shabbos in this question, but the question can probably be extended if I ...
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What is a רופא אומן?

The Rambam in the second Perek of Chovel U'Mazik writes the following: הלכה יח אמר לו המזיק אני ארפא אותך או יש לי רופא שמרפא בחנם אין שומעין לו אלא מביא רופא אומן ומרפאהו בשכר. What is a רופא ...
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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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When to appreciate the miracle of the body

Why doesn't one recite asher yatzar after coming back from a dangerous operation? Surely this is also an apt time for giving thanks for the miracle of the body!
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What are the “books of experiments” the Ramban refers to when noting a infant which nurses from a pig will become a leper?

The Ramban in Leviticus 11:3 writes: (Source from Sefaria.org) (Partial Quote) וראיתי בקצת ספרי הנסיונות שחלב החזיר אם ינק היונק ממנו יהיה אותו הנער מצורע I saw in some of the "books of ...
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Chametz on Pesach in products other than food

Is it allowed to have products for cosmetics or medicine which contain elements of what's considered chametz during the Pesach?
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Is the pain from the brit milah most severe at the 3rd day after it?

I had heard possibly a Midrash that says that the pain of the brit milah (circumcision) is most severe 3 days after the procedure. I hunted through some of the commentaries in Mikra'ot Gedolot. First ...
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What's the Judaism view on ugliness?

Some people are born with deformities, or become such as a result of an accident or a treatment. Why they were made ugly? What is the point of having ugly people, as they feel bad and others feel bad ...
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kiddush for someone who cant talk

Someone has had his voicebox removed and therefore cannot talk. Should his wife be making kiddush (havdala perhaps not) or lighting chanuka lights for him rather than him doing it himself and only ...
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Rogaine or hair loss medications

Are there any Halachik or Hashkafic issues with using rogaine or some other hair loss prevention medicine?
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Is a man obligated to seek a medical remedy to fulfill onah?

If a husband is physically incapable or performing onah (the obligation for a husband to sexually satisfy his wife as outlined in Shulchan Aruch Even Ha'Ezer 76)due to an inability to have an erection ...
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Can one have a surgery during the Nine Days?

I'll put the disclaimer right at the top for such a sensitive issue: See both your local orthodox Rav and local orthodox doctor if this Chas v'shalom becomes relevant to you. The Background There ...
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Charlie Gard's parents from a Halachic Perspective

As this question is somewhat extensive, I have divided the post into headers in order to make it easier to read and follow. Background Charlie Gard is a British baby who has a rare genetic disorder ...
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Looking for ALL of the Rambam's Books in English on Medicine [closed]

Looking for ALL of the Rambam's Books in English on Medicine Preferably in Eretz Yisrael, without breaking the bank. How many books are there? What are the most prominent in which he discusses ...
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Circumcision for conversion of someone whose male genitalia have been removed

Let's say a non-Jewish male has had his genitalia removed through some accident or medical procedure (e.g. for the purpose of gender transition). If that person later decides to convert. How is bris ...
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Is one allowed to listen to music for therapeutic purposes during sefira and the three weeks?

It has been scientifically proven that listening to music helps increase people's dopamine (happiness neurotransmitters) levels by as much as 9%, and as such there is such a thing as music therapy. ...
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Limping צלע and פסח

צלע (Genesis/Bereshit 32:32) וַיִּֽזְרַֽח־ל֣וֹ הַשֶּׁ֔מֶשׁ כַּאֲשֶׁ֥ר עָבַ֖ר אֶת־פְּנוּאֵ֑ל וְה֥וּא צֹלֵ֖עַ עַל־יְרֵכֽוֹ׃ and פסח (Leviticus/Vayikra 21:18 for example) כִּ֥י כׇל־אִ֛ישׁ אֲשֶׁר־...
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Donating Blood on Chol Hamo'ed

I was asked to donate platelets this week because the local blood center is looking specifically for my blood type. The only practical time for me is over chol hamo'ed (as I am off from work). I have ...
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Gechazi's accursed descendants

Elisha cursed Gechazi with permanent Tzaares for all his generations. Is this the root of modern day Psoriasis? note the similarity in sound of illness...
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Fast days for a person with an eating disorder

Does anyone know of a posek who has written about people with eating disorders (I know there are many types of eating disorders) or people who have recovered from an eating disorder regarding whether ...
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Jewish prayer for our doctor after baby delivery?

We just had a baby and are scheduled to see our primary care physician very soon. We know he is religious and would appreciate a short prayer, and we were wondering if there are any Jewish prayers ...
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Abortion on grounds of emotional instability/wellbeing [duplicate]

Is there ever a point of emotional instability beyond which a women may have an abortion? I know all cases are different but here are some possible examples: A) she struggles too much with the ...
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Pekuach nefesh and punishment

The Sanhedrin is in place. There is a plague going round and only one doctor has the skills to cure it. Unfortunately, this doctor is a wanton desecrator of Shabbos and has violated it in the ...
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If a man passes away and has a lot of acquired assets where do these assets go to?

A man passes away with two children: the elder is a daughter, who has children of her own, and the younger is a son, who is infertile but has adopted. My question is where do all the deceased's ...
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Circumcision exceptions on the rule?

If one gives birth to a premature/preterm son, or if the childs weight is to low, for example, would it still be circumcised on the 8th day or are there exceptions to the command?
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ADD and kavana in tefilla [duplicate]

I want to davven- but my mind goes elsewhere. Any advice for girls/women like me with ADD? Can I talk to Hashem straight? although I know the meaning of the words and am fluent in reading I cant ...
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Anesthesia for a Bris

Can an adult or even a baby be given anesthesia for a bris milah, or do we say that the person needs to be awake for the mitzvah?
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What type of doctor is referred to in Breishit 50:2?

Breishit (Gen.) 50:2 uses the term רופאים, which I translate as "doctors". However, within this context, these doctors are embalming Jacob's body. They are not performing the task of healing someone ...
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Popular Medical Halacha Poskim for Modern Medicine?

Like the question asks, I have recently been intrigued by the topic of Medical Halacha and am looking around for some of the major poskim on the issue, be that early or recent. I know Rav Moshe ...
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Laundry during the Nine Days for Medicinal Purposes

The Shulchan Aruch (OC 551:3) rules that one may not do laundry during the Nine Days, because it's taking one's mind away from the mourning. Does this apply to doing laundry for medicinal purposes? ...
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Medicines on fast days which need to be taken with food

I had seen on this Halachipedia page in the name of R' Shlomo Zalman Auerbach that one may drink a minimal amount of water, as needed, in order to swallow pills. However, R' Belsky, as quoted in this ...
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Unconsciousness in Jewish Thought

Yes, that pun was intended. We know that sleep is 1/60 of death, and dreaming is 1/60 of prophecy (Brachos 57b). This is because it's a partial death, in which a piece of the Neshamah leaves the ...
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Is chicken collagen considered fleishig or parve?

I have seen a few brands of Type 2 collagen in a pill form contain chicken collagen. Regarding taking pills, I have asked 2 local rabbanim who agreed with this general rule: Preferably, one should ...
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Under what conditions may a newly married couple go on birth control?

Which halachic conditions may allow a couple to go on birth control upon getting married? Is the desire to work on building a solid relationship between man and wife before starting a family a valid ...
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Unclean due to an organ transplant, in the context of the rebuilt temple

This question pertains to a related question. Leviticus 7:20-21 says: כ וְהַנֶּפֶשׁ אֲשֶׁר-תֹּאכַל בָּשָׂר, מִזֶּבַח הַשְּׁלָמִים אֲשֶׁר לַיהוָה, וְטֻמְאָתוֹ, עָלָיו--וְנִכְרְתָה הַנֶּפֶשׁ הַהִוא,...
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Acceptable to receive transplant of organs grown inside pigs?

If scientists could grow human organs inside of pigs, would it be halachically acceptable to receive a transplant of such an organ? A recent article in National Public Radio about US and British ...
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If someone is halachically dead and then resuscitated, does his wife need a get to be divorced (is she already a widow)? [duplicate]

If someone is considered halichically dead (apparently this is somewhat of a dispute), and then he is "brought back" through modern day medical techniques, does his wife need a get to be divorced, or ...