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R' Akiva Eiger and the epidemic

R. Akiva Eger’s letter regarding the cholera epidemic of 1831 can be seen in Iggerot Soferim, 29. You can see a translation of a slightly different version of the letter here.
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Hormonal manipulation: Taharas hamishpacha vs. the woman's health

If I understand correctly, your argument goes something like this: A.) The Halacha is to always wait (>=5) + 7. B.) Doing so on a natural routine can be inconvenient, e.g. for vacations. C.) ...
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List of resources for halachot concerning celiac disease

There is very comprehensive, 24-page piece from the CrC here Rabbi Manning has a very helpful sources sheet on what to do in the case of Matzah here. And there is a two-part series on the Torah Musing ...
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Can you kill person A to protect yourself from B?

First, the concept of killing a non-guilty party in self defense is learned from the Gemara in Sanhedrin 82a. (See also the commentary of the Rosh to this Gemara; 9:4) When Pinchas was (doing the ...
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Tahara procedure for a body with an infectious disease

Regarding the spread of COVID-19, the National Association of Chevra Kadisha headed by Rav Elchonon Zohn stated the following guidelines: The following are suggested guidelines and precautions ...
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What level of danger is required for HaGomel?

www.shut-halacha.co.il reports a Teshuva from Rav Avigdor Nebenzahl which says: מי שעבר ניתוח בהרדמה כללית צריך לברך הגומל, כיון שהרדמה כללית הנה סכנה. Someone who underwent surgery with a total ...
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Why are junk foods, which are poor for your health, certified kosher?

My Rebbe Rav Shmuel Dishon (mashgiach ruchni Karlin Stolin) once asked us how do we think Kashrus organizations are allowed to issue "kosher" status on things that are damaging to the human body (...
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The connection between Tzitzis and teeth

Wearing Tzitzit helps reduce toothaches and teeth pains This is brought in a Hirhurim blogpost on Tzitzit: It is said that being careful in the observance of the mitzva of Tzitzit is a segula for ...
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Oil in Shabbos Candles Caught Fire - What to Do?

I know this is essentially a repeat of the other answers, but this is a matter of life and death, chalilah! The floating wicks you are using are designed for OIL - not paraffin. To quote the Amazon ...
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How did the Cohanim walk around the Mizbeach?

You are probably referring to the "Sovev" - ledge half way up the Mizbeach, which was six Amos above the floor. The Tiferes Yisroel (צורת המזבח אות יד) writes that there was probably a Ma'akoh - ...
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The connection between Tzitzis and teeth

Probably this, from Magen Avraham 11:18: כ' בשל"ה ומט"מ שאל יחתוך בסכין אלא ינשכם בשיניו ע"ש: Shaloh and Mateh Moshe say that you shouldn't cut [the tzitzis strings] with a knife, but ...
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The minimum amount of food one must eat on Shabbos

(Reminder: Like any library, Mi Yodeya offers tons of great information, but does not offer personalized, professional advice, and does not take the place of seeking such advice from your rabbi.) ...
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Articles on care of terminally ill patients according to Halacha

There is plenty of material available online, e.g., this summary on Jewish Perspectives on End-of-Life Care from MyJewishLearning Treatment of Terminally Ill Patients According to Jewish Law by Dov ...
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What physical/health factors disqualify an otherwise qualified bechor from pidyon haben?

There is a very interesting 4-volume set of seforim called Nishmas Avraham by Rabbi Dr Avraham-Sofer Avraham which details medical and health based halachos. They are all available on Hebrewbooks.org -...
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Corona "parties" for children

Regarding "corona parties", one contemporary Rabbi did indeed rule that it is forbidden to purposely get together to infect oneselves. Rabbi Yehoshua Pfeffer is quoted in this late 2020 ...
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How does one remove a curse and/or a magical spell that's been placed upon a person/land/lineage/etc? What is the process like?

1). See Nefesh Hachaim (3:12) that Rebbi Chanina was not affected by witchcraft and was not scared (even as a witch gathered dust beneath his feet to cast a spell) because he believed and knew that ...
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Headache remedy on a fast day?

The Toronto Kollel has developed a sustained-timed release caffeine capsule which is taken before the ta'anis and begins to release 8 to 10 hours later. It has been available for many years and ...
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How to deal with back pain

The most important thing that I would recommend is not leaning over sefarim for three sedarim. Sitting is the new smoking, as they say. Why not try standing up and using a shtender every so often? Or ...
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Halachic difference between a medicine and a supplement?

Halakha does not distinguish between "medicine" and "supplements" with respect to the laws of kashrus. There is a prohibition on eating non-kosher food, but certain considerations cause that ...
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Oil in Shabbos Candles Caught Fire - What to Do?

Shabbat candle lighting, unfortunately, is fraught with danger, especially when you have toddlers and babies in the house. Generally, the smaller / shorter you can keep the flame and the shorter the ...
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Who is counted in an "outdoor minyan" defined? How should the minyan be run?

There are many questions here: Distance In an outdoor minyan, two conditions must be met - all participants must hear the shliach tzibbur, and must be able to see each other. Below is a quote from ...
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How often should one go to the dentist?

I've heard the authorities of today (e.g. Rabbi A. Weiss) teach that the Torah expects one to following medical recommendations. Have you consulted your dentalcare professionals regarding this issue?
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Does Judaism say if you are fat you should have a diet?

It is a scientific fact that "people who have obesity, compared to those with a normal or healthy weight, are at increased risk for many serious diseases and health conditions" (quote from ...
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Does halacha strongly encourage the use of aggressive medical interventions?

I think you're jumping to a conclusion that halacha demands the maximum possible every time. That's a bit of a straw man. There is a range of opinions here, put mildly, even among contemporary ...
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Could vomit be meaty or milky?

Regarding milk, according to some Rishonim yes, to some else no, and to others it depends on the cases. See Gemara AZ 35a, there, the Gemara discussion is about gastric content, the Gemara calls ...
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Hemorrhoids on Shabbos

According to Shulchan Aruch 328, 22-23, see also sayf 26. To use a wipe seems as in sayif 22, to clean the injury, the blood is generally already here and it is not really a new bleeding. "Migh cause ...
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Priests and leprosy

Note that the meforshim (Rav Hirsh, Rav Sorotzkin, Ramban, Rambam, etc.) point out that tzara'at is not a natural disease and cannot be treated as a normal disease. That is, it is not similar to ...
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What is the best way to break a fast?

One should break a fast with easily digestible foods (which are usually not meat). One should rehydrate and eat easily digestible foods as well as foods that provide water and protein. Top 5: Best ...
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The Trolley Problem: Is it better to kill 1 person or let 5 die?

There don't seem to be any classical Jewish texts that discuss a comparable scenario until the Rabbi Avraham Y. Karlitz (Chazon-Ish Yoreh De’ah, Hilchot Avodat Kochavim 69; Sanhedrin, Sec. 25) in the ...
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