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cochlear implant – hearing device

Question:Someone has a cochleae implant which is a hearing device in which an electronic component is implanted in the inner ear and another part under the skin right behind the ear that reproduce the mechanism of hearing internally. There is an external part, which includes a transmitter and a battery, that hangs on the ear outside and part is stuck on the back of the head. The external part is taken off w ...

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Ivf and gender selection

Question:Would there be any halachic/ethical issues with one who is performing IVF due to infertility to request a specific gender?I’ve heard that R SZ Auerbach thought it to be unethical for a couple to undergo IVF specifically to have a specific gender, however what would be with one who is anyway undergoing IVF?(We currently have 2 girls BH and would like to be mekayem Pru Urvu.) Answer: While it would n ...

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Hand Transplant

Question: A right handed individual with an amputated left hand (but intact forearm and biceps) has been wearing his tefilin over the left side without a bracha as per the Rema in OH 27.1. If he undergoes a left hand transplant would he go back to making a bracha? If he is a Cohen can he go back to doing nesiat kapyim? Many thanks Answer: Yes, once a limb or organ is attached or implanted into a person's bo ...

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Vaccinations

Question: L'Kavod HaRav, My wife and I have been struggling with the issue of vaccinating our newborn. I saw in a previous question that the Rav poskened that there is an obligation to do so. While all of the mainstream medical organizations recommend vaccinations, it does seem that there is at least a minority opinion cautioning certain aspects, with an extreme opinion saying not to vaccinate at all. This ...

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Medicinal Cannabis Use

Question: From a patient with their permission- hello, I live in a country where medicinal/recreational cannabis use is illegal. I suffer from a chronic condition which responds very well to cannabis. In fact if I lived in another country where medicinal cannabis use is legal doctors would prescribe this for me. The only access I have to cannabis in my country is by purchasing it illegally and smoking it. A ...

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Hair pulling on Shabbat

Question: I have a disorder called Trichotillomania. Many weeks I find myself pulling out my hair on Shabbos but I cannot control the urges. I have guilt over this constant violation of halacha. Your insight and advice would be appreciated. Answer: The Torah requires one to do whatever they can to perform mitzvos and stay away from aveiros. So you should and surely are doing what you can to heal yourself of ...

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Buddhist Hospice

Question: לכבוד מרן שליט׳א A Jewish patient at the end of his life is put onto palliative care. This patient lives in an area in Hong Kong where the nearest hospice is a Buddhist one and where doctors practice with Buddhist philosophy being central to the patient care. Is the patient allowed to use the services of this hospice even though there may be a possibility that some of the healthcare professionals ...

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Hospice Care

Question: I am a nurse in the Home Health setting. Recently I came in contact with a client who is Jewish and is a survivor. She is 98 years old and is significantly declining in the past couple days. The general protocol is for me to refer such people to hospice care. However, the family members are not frum and I live in an out of town area were hospice agencies are not familiar with any halacha or such c ...

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Eating Less than a “shiur”

Eating Less than a "shiur" Question: Shalom! If somebody with blood sugar problem has to eat each time small amount (less than kezayit that in our books) of bread or mezonot what to do with blessings after eating? Answer: If he in fact eats less than a kzayis there would be no blessing after eating [bracha achrona]. This scenario is common for people eating "shiurim" on Yom Kippur due to health reasons. The ...

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Bone marrow/stem cell donation

Bone marrow/stem cell donation Question: I was put on a the Gift of Life Registry (several years pack thinking it was for a yungerman) and now I just got a call that there is a 30%chance I may be a match. At this point it is too early on in the process to know if I will really be a match - there would be months more of further testing, and now they want to know if I still want to be on the registry. When I ...

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