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Bioethics: Taking Risks and Medical Procedures
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Halacha & Bio-ethics, taking risks and medical procedures, with special emphasis on unproven therapies. A discussion of the license given to the physician to administer medical treatment in a case where the disease has not yet manifested itself. Delivered at the OU Israel Center, August 28th, 2019 (27 Av 5779)
Removing Ice and Snow on Shabbos
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Before we begin, an important disclaimer: this overview is not intended for readers’ practical application. There are a lot of issues at play, as well as a number of differing positions. As always, readers are encouraged to consult with their own rabbis for guidance. According to most authorities, rain water is not muktza. If rain […]
Halachic Perspectives on Surrogate Motherhood
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Rav Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg is the first to discuss the halachic issues related to surrogacy. All the questions regarding surrogacy surround the issue of who is considered the halachic mother – the genetic mother or the birth mother? What sources are there that can shed light on surrogate motherhood in halacha given that the concept is […]
VeTen Tal uMatar LiVracha: Halacha and Hashkafa
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Does repeating Mashiv HaRuach 90 times all at once work to obviate the need to repeat the Amidah if one cannot be sure that he added Mashiv HaRuach? The difference between הרגל and סימן. Rav Chaim Soloveitchik on the difference between the nature of the addition Ya’aleh V’Yavo versus V’Tein Tal uMatar. Why do we […]
Multifetal Pregnancy Reduction in Halacha
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Multifetal Pregnancy Reduction The contents of the shiur appear on the page below. The shiur and a variety of additional materials are also available for download in PDF format: Shiur & Appendices in PDF                  Supplemental Sources in PDF ********************************* Table of Contents Section Title Page I Introduction 1 […]