Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Levels of Illness with Regards to Shabbat

Levels of Illness with Regards to Shabbat
Day: Tuesday
Date: May 19, 2015
Parshat: Bimidbar
Yalkut Yosef: 328

With regards to medication on Shabbat there are several different levels of severity.
1. Holeh Sheyesh Bo Sakana, a person with a life threatening condition. This is not necessarily an illness, it can even include a person with a very deep cut, or a person who was bitten by a dog for example.
2. Sakanat Ever, a person at risk of losing a limb. Since nowadays we are aware that danger to even one limb can be fatal due to infections etc, one must treat such things with the same urgency as a Holeh Sheyesh Bo Sakana.
3. Holeh She'en Bo Sakana, a non dangerously ill person. This category includes a person with a non life threatening illness who is bedridden due that illness, or if not bedridden feels discomfort all over his body as a result of the illness. Babies are also included on this category, even if they are heathy.
4. Mihush Be'alma, a person who doesn't feel a hundred percent but hasn't yet reached the point of Holeh She'en Bo Sakana.

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