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Question on behalf of patient with OCD

OCD Question: לכבוד הרב I am a psychologist and have a patient with OCD. He is a Yeshiva Bochur and reports frequently (many times a day) experiencing physical sensations which he interprets as meaning he may not have a גוף נקי e.g. he thinks the sensation may mean he passed wind and this may have led to him not having a גוף נקי. If he thinks he may not have a גוף נקי he is concerned that he shouldn't be le ...

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Blood Donation Source

Blood Donation Source Question: לכבוד מרן שליט׳א A patient who is anaemic and requires blood transfusion ( his life is not in danger ) asks that he should only be given blood from a ירא שמים who has not eaten anything that may have lead to be מטמטם הלב. Should the patient be advised that he should take any blood available or is it best to try and establish a source donor who meets the above requirements. Ma ...

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Diabetes Pen – Shabbos

Diabetes Pen - Shabbos Question: Lekovod Harav Weiss, my mother has a bad case of diabetes and sometimes forgets to take her insulin. Can she use an insulin pen on Shabbos? the advantage of this device is that it reminds you to take the insulin as it records each time the insulin is taken. this is a very helpful feature for people who tend to forget to take the insulin every so often. please advise. thank y ...

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Treating Depression and Keeping Torah

Treating Depression and Keeping Torah Question: I worked fifteen years in the field of healing mental disorders anxiety and depression. My clients were mostly chareidi bochurim and avrechim in Israel and all over the world. My treatments were effective. Is depression considered a disease according to Torah. Daf 63 Gittin a man who jumps from the roof is considered Healthy [Bori]. Can I tell my clients who a ...

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Donating Organs

Question: Hello rebbi, I wanted to ask if it is permitted to donate organs. Answer: Donating a kidney which could be done when you are alive is permitted, and commendable as it will usually save someone's life. Parts of other organs can be donated while alive, such as pancreas, liver and lungs. Major organ donation after death, such as the heart, is much more problematic. The main concern is that in order t ...

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Sterilisation for Non Jew

Sterilisation for Non Jew Question: לכבוד מרן שליט׳א Is a Jewish doctor permitted to carry out a sterilisation procedure (vasectomy or tubal ligation) for a non-Jewish patient? Additionally, is there a prohibition in simply referring a non-Jewish patient for this type of procedure at the patient's own request? In either case there is no question of danger to life but simply patient choice and decision. With ...

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Nasogastric Feeding and Kashrut

Nasogastric Feeding and Kashrut Question: לכבוד הרבנים ומרן הגאב׳ד שליט׳א A patient who is being fed through a nasogastric (NG) tube: does he need to check as to whether the feed contains only kosher ingredients or not? Most are milk based Many Thanks Answer: No, this form of ingesting is not considered eating according to halacha and there is no kashrus concern. Sources: See Shu"t Tzitz Eliezer 14:70, Maha ...

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Kinesilogy

Question: Shalom, I have a discussion with a friend about the kinesilogy practice, not to mention if it works which it seems to me suspicious, what the Halacha tell about this practice? I know some of Frum people who believe in this and consult, it is not koah hatuma? Thanks and kol touv Answer: While the effectiveness of these practices is certainly questionable, there is no prohibition to engage in such h ...

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Kohanim in Medical School

Question: Shalom, I recently heard a shiur from the Rav Shlit"a where he said that there is no heter for a kohain to go to medical school, because an akum is metameh b'mageh ubmaaseh, so anatomy courses are a problem. I have two siblings who went to different medical schools in New York. Both of them informed me that dissections are done as a team because there is a limited number of cadavers available. The ...

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Vaccinations And Halacha

Question: Is it considered a halachic obligation for parents to ensure that their children are vaccinated as part of their national requirements? It is important to note that failure to vaccinate a child may not only create risks for the child but, by enabling him to be the carrier and transmitter of an infectious disease may put other children at risk, including children who themselves have been vaccinated ...

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