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Everyday in life a Jew is faced with all kinds of Halachic
questions and dilemmas,can I
do that or can't I,is it ok do say that or isn't it etc...
The general rule is that all you need for health and life-preserve
is permitted,however even if an otherwise prohibited act is
permitted,often the permission goes along with a number of conditions.
This is especially relevant and true on Shabbos where
the number of potential Sheilos simply triple.

So it is always essential to ask a competent
Halachic authority such as a acknowledged Orthodox
Rabbi or Dayan(Judge)first,if a certain act is
permitted in the particular situation you find yourself in
and the conditions accompanying the authorization.
(that is if there is time to ask,sometimes quick thinking can save a life).
Just make sure the person you ask your questions
to is trustworthy,unfortunately today there are so many fraudulent
Rabbis who'll try to make you believe their rulings are
reliable when they're definitely not!,just be careful whom you
ask to.If you don't know a good Rabbi
I suggest you check with friends and relatives.

However often when you need to ask a
Sheila(question) there is no
one in your immediate environment to assist you and you may
find yourself in a most frustrating situation.
This is where this page comes in.Questions you will see here,are
questions that arise sooner or later to every
dialysis/kidney patient or to every patient in general.
Anticipation of those questions can help you avoid the trap of
running short of an answer when you'll need one.

The first question you might want to ask The Rabbi is
" What to do if I do not know if an act is
permitted or forbidden and
there's no one to ask a ruling to???".

Remember one thing,it will be much easier for the Rabbi to make a ruling if he knows what the Doctor said beforehand.
So make sure you always ask you Doctor first,then only consult the Rabbi.
(For e.g.,as a transplant patient you must drink 2 liters a day,now Yom Kipoer(Jewish repentance day)is approaching what should you do?
First ask your Doctor if it would be acceptable to drink less or not drink at all for just one day.
If he answers no,you may be sure the Rabbi will not only permit you to drink but even obligate you,
for taking care of ones health is a postive commandment,and must be obeyed as all the other Mitsvos(positive commandments).The only thing that might happen is that the Rabbi will design a way for you to consume those 2 liters differently than on a ordinary day.That's why no matter what your question is,even if you're sure of the Rabbi's answer,


While at the hospital
  • May I buzz the nurse on Shabbos/Yom Tov?
  • If the hospital offers Kosher food,am I allowed to eat from it and under what conditions?
  • Is it ok to use the Hospital's microwave to heat up my food?
  • Can I ask the nurse to open and close the light for me on Shabbos?
  • Is it ok to talk during Davening if a nurse or a Doctor show up in the middle?
  • How do I put on Tefillin after surgery when my arms are filled with tubes and catherters?
  • Must I fast after heavy surgery or treatment?
  • Can I take my medicine on a Fast day?
  • May I say a Bracha(blessing)or pray while being connected to the dialysis machine?
  • Must I make sure that my pills do not contain Treifeh(non-Kosher) elements?
Shabbos/Yom Tov
  • May I use the phone to call an ambulance by an emergency?
  • Can I program the dialysis machine(peritoneal) the second night of Yom Tov?
  • If Chas Veshalom I have to go to the hospital on Shabbos or Yom Tov for an emergency,
    and then I can return home but there's at least 24 hours or more before Motsei Shabbos/Yom Tov(and walking is not an option).May I take a taxi/drive home or do I have to stay until Motsei at the hospital?
Other Misc  


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