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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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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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