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I will present a brief survey of opinions here; much (digital) ink has been spilled on this topic so I can't claim this answer to be fully comprehensive, but it should provide an outline as well as resources for further study. In this article (Hebrew) Rav Yosef Tzvi Rimon suggests a number of options: Ha-Tov Veha-Meitiv - thanking G-d for the vaccine's ...


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According to Mamionides, one of the basic fundamentals of Jewish belief is belief in prophecy, especially the prophecy of Moses. The concept of prophecy is difficult to relate to, because according to tradition it has not been around since the time of the second Temple. However, part of the experience of true prophecy is the clarity that this is real ...


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As time has gone on, Jews have tended to believe in miracles and hallucinations less and less. Jews originally believed in exorcisms, and discussed how to perform them in the Talmud and other ancient texts. But thanks to the modern psychology movement almost no Jews believe in exorcism anymore. I would argue that for a modern Jew to believe his spiritual ...


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Bereishis Rabba 14:11 רַבִּי לֵוִי בְּשֵׁם רַבִּי חֲנִינָא אָמַר, עַל כָּל נְשִׁימָה וּנְשִׁימָה שֶׁאָדָם נוֹשֵׁם צָרִיךְ לְקַלֵּס לַבּוֹרֵא, מַה טַּעַם (תהלים קנ, ו): כֹּל הַנְּשָׁמָה תְּהַלֵּל יָהּ, כָּל הַנְּשִׁימָה תְּהַלֵּל יָהּ. Breathing is required so that we have a constant reminder to thank Hashem for our lives. (I once heard that is the reason a ...


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This site doesn't provide practical answers to real questions. As such the below is written to illustrate the reasoning a rabbi might use to come to a decision. Small changes in the question can impact the answer significantly so be sure to ask a rabbi if this is relevant in practice. This is actually a quite complicated question which I researched for a ...


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Conclusion from one such analysis: In theory, therefore, a patient may not refuse treatment, and treatment may even be forced upon him against his will. At the same time, we’ve seen that there are certain scenarios where we need not force the patient to accept treatment, such as if the patient has legitimate misgivings about the efficacy of the therapy; if ...


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As per רדב״ז it's מדת חסידות: שו״ת רדב״ז ג:תרכז אין סכנת אבר דוחה שבת אבל שיביא הוא האונס עליו מפני חבירו לא שמענו ... אע"ג דחייב להצילו בממונו אבל לא בסכנת איבריו ... ותו דכתיב דרכיה דרכי נועם וצריך שמשפטי תורתינו יהיו מסכימים אל השכל והסברא ואיך יעלה על דעתנו שיניח אדם לסמא את עינו או לחתוך את ידו או רגלו כדי שלא ימיתו את חבירו הלכך איני רואה טעם ...


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It seems there is a lack of clarity on the clear aproach to this question. Let's begin with the Mishna. Shabbat 22:6, סכין וממשמשין בבני מעים אבל לא מתעלמין, you can administer oils to the body and spread it on the stomach area (for the healing purpose of pain in the abdominal area) but you cannot provide pressure. This is understood by Rashi as to mean ...


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Not sure what you mean about death by poison because that isn't one of the four ways Beis Din carries out capital punishment so I'm assuming you mean burning the throat and the trachea (Serafa) which is done by a drop of poison rather than the use of actual fire. The Rambam Sahedrin 15:3 describes it as follows וּמַתִּיכִים אֶת הַבְּדִיל וְאֶת הָעוֹפֶרֶת ...


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