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What is the Jewish view on organ transplants?

The following article addresses the halachic concerns for donors and recipients of organ transplants from live donors. For...

What is the Jewish view on organ donations?

The Short Answer: Jewish law distinguishes between donating organs during your lifetime and organ donation after death. While you are alive, it is...

Why do many orthodox Jews smoke?

Question  why do so many chassidim smoke? it is obviously bad for you , in this day and age...oy vey! did the rebbe ever say anything about...

What is the Jewish view on smoking cigarettes?

The following is an excerpt from the section on Smoking in the Encyclopedia of Jewish Medical Ethics by Avraham Steinberg, M.D.: Some rabbis rule that...

What is the Jewish view on alternative medicine?

The Short Answer: It's not about which medicinal method you use, but about how you use it. The Askmoses Answer:  Today many are exploring...

Judaism and donating blood

Rabbi Eliezer G: Welcome to the Rabbi's one on one chat room, how can I help you today? sarahk: are there any halachic issues in regards to giving...

Genetic Screening & Special Needs Children

Mrs. Danow: Hi, how can I help you? student: what are the jewish views on prenatal genetic screening? Mrs. Danow: Depends on the situation Mrs. Danow:...

Is a severed limb impure?

A human amputated limb of exudes impurity. A Kohen may not touch or be in the same room as a human limb—even if it is his own amputated...

The Placebo Effect

It’s a well-documented medical reality: a patient’s symptoms can be alleviated by a bogus medication or treatment, simply because the...

Am I considered responsible for behavior which stems from addiction?

Being “addicted” is not an excuse! All the things which G-d prohibited are objects or actions which we naturally crave (some people more than...