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Parshah Mishpatim

Parshah Mishpatim

Exodus 21:1-24:18

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Torah Portion: Mishpatim
From our Sages on the Parshah

"He shall pay for the loss of his work, and heal shall he heal" (Exodus 21:19). From here is derived that a physician is allowed to heal (and we do not say that since G-d afflicted the person, it is forbidden to cure him).

(Talmud, Bava Kama 85a)

The young wife of Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch had fallen ill, and the doctors were unanimous in their opinion that there was no hope of recovery.

When her father-in-law, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch, was told of the doctors' verdict, he said: The Talmud specifically derives from the Torah that, "A physician is allowed to heal"; but nowhere has a doctor been given the authority to condemn a human being as incurable...

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