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Self Sacrifice – יהרג ואל יעבור

Question: I understand that one must- under specific circumstances- give his/her own life rather then transgress.Is this only in a case where one has an ultimatum do or die (get killed)? what if one is faced with the option do or kill yourself? Answer: One must give up their life rather than transgress the sins of idol worship, adultery [and various other forbidden relations] and murder. Taking one's own li ...

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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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Preventable Chillul Shabbat

Question: לכבוד מרן שליט׳א On shabbat two sons call ( via phone) for help as their father begins to feel unwell complaining of chest pain. One calls the patient's doctor who knows him well and lives at the end of town. The other son not aware of what the other relative is doing, calls hatzola who arrive within minutes and take the patient away. Meanwhile the patient's Dr who is Jewish is travelling towards ...

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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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Hospital Shift on Shabbat

Question: לכבוד הרבנים ומרן הגאב׳ד שליט׳א A junior doctor who is having to work on a shift in a hospital on shabbat (בחוץ לארץ אם חולים שאינם יהודים) 1. When liaising with colleagues (for urgent and non-urgent matters relating to patient care) is it preferable to send messages via text messages (SMS) or to phone using a smart phone or regular (landline) phone? 2. What is considered a shinuy when having to u ...

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Entering a Non Jewish Place of Worship

Question: I will be touring Europe in the coming weeks, and the group I am with will enter many historic sites, among them churches. May I enter as a tourist, at a time when  no prayers and the like are being held? Thanks. Answer: Entering churches is strictly forbidden, even when there are no prayers or ceremonies taking place. Traditionally, the accepted practice has been to be even more stringent than th ...

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Swapping Shifts in Hospital on Shabbos

Question: שלום It has become commonplace for observant frum doctors in חוץ לארץ to swap their shabbos shifts with non- jewish colleagues in order to avoid חילול שבת. It is (in my experience) virtually impossible to do this on a regular basis particularly on Friday afternoons of winter months when shabbos begins early in the afternoon. שאלה: if one works in a hospital where there are possibly a number of jew ...

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