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Dialysis on Shabbos

Question: Kvod haRav, I have been dealing with a rare blood lymphoma since 2009. LCDD (light Chain Deposition Disease) affects kidneys, heart or lungs. In my case, my kidneys were effected. After testing At a moderately high level of 1530 light chains, my doctor eventually decided to give me "light chemo" for ten months. Light chains went down to 49. (Ratio to heavy chains was 1.5/1 or normal) Baruch HaShem ...

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Postponing Bris for Jaundice

Question: Bris mila not on 8th day. Mother had complicated pregnancy, with "separation of the placenta" , this caused much bleeding and several hospital stays during the pregnancy. The last time was around 37 weeks and the Dr said to induce labor. Delivery was fine and baby was healthy ,bh. The bilirubin level however went up, and when it hit 18.6 the baby's Dr ordered to take the baby to the hospital and b ...

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Anesthesia for Bris

Question: Are u allowed to anesticize a baby for a bris and if yes why dont we? Answer: While there is no prohibition involved, it is not common practice. Bris Milah is one of the most sacred rituals in Jewish practice. It is the commandment which brings the next generation into the covenant of Abraham, and engraves on his very flesh his connection to his people and their traditions. As with all Jewish trad ...

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Cremation Form For A Jewish Patient

Question: A jewish doctor is the only on call doctor working in a hospice. She is asked to sign a cremation form for a non-observant Jewish patient who has just passed away on the ward. Completing the form is a formality in that it ensures that the necessary documentation is available in the case the process were to take place. In this case the patient had expressed her preference for cremation although thi ...

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Donor eggs and surrogacy

Question: In the case of donor eggs from a non_Jew or the use of a non-Jewish surrogate, we require a geirus lechumra because we are not sure if the genetic or gestational mother is the halakhic mother. After such a geirus (a) would the daughter be allowed to marry a kohen (b) would a son be a kohen if his genetic father was. Answer: Being that the child's status is in doubt, we perform a geirus l'chumra an ...

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Revealing Medical Secrets

Question: A specialist doctor in blood vessels has a friend who developed a special method that has been proven as being extremely effective. The friend keeps the method as a trade secret, and takes a fee for treatment. Is it permitted to find out the secret by means of deception and use it for patients, and perhaps even to save lives? Answer: It is not permitted to find out the secret and to use it without ...

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Hormonal Contraception

Question: Shalom, why isn´t the progesterone pill a problem of hashjatat zera o zera lebatala if it makes a thick mucus wall that does´t let the zera from penetrating. Answer: The prohibition of השחתת זרע is not determined by whether there is a wall or barrier preventing the זרע from entering the uterus. After all, this is the case with a pregnant women and a בתולה and yet with both there is no prohibition. ...

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Cohen Doctor Learning on Cadavers

Question: Hi, I´m a Cohen doctor, ENT surgeon with subspecialties in Pediatric ENT and Otology. We´re considering moving to Israel and would like to know if i can work at any hospital in Israel or should i limit my search for an halachically focused hospital which limits my options both in terms of parnasa as well as professional growth (although not necesarlly). Also, as I progress in my capabilities I fee ...

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Muktzeh Status of Medication

Question: An ill person takes his liquid/tablet medication (with a very bitter taste; once a day dose) and forgets to put them away on shabbos leaving them on the table in his kitchen. On shabbos he has some unexpected guests and prefers that they don't see the medication. Is he permitted to move the medication or are they considered מוקצה מחמת גופו and therefore they can only be covered? Thank you. Answer: ...

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Membrane Sweeping In Pregnancy

Question: לכבוד הרבנים ומרן הגאב׳ד שליט׳א A pregnant women who is 40 weeks pregnant attends her appointment with the midwife. She is told that any woman who is over 42 weeks pregnant is more likely to have complications with childbirth due to problems associated with prolonged pregnancy (pregnancy which goes beyond 42 weeks) and the risk of stillbirth increases from 3/3,000 at 42 weeks to 6/3,000 at 43 week ...

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