Monday, May 18, 2015

Pikuah Nefesh on Shabbat

Pikuah Nefesh on Shabbat
Day: Monday
Date: May 18, 2015
Parshat: Bimidbar
Halichot Olam: 4, Pg. 141

The Torah says (Vayikra 18:5) "And you shall observe my decrees and my laws, which man shall do, and by which he shall live." Our Hachamim infer, "by which he shall live," and not die.
Therefore the Talmud Yerushalmi (Yuma 8:5) teaches us: "One who is quick to violate Shabbat in a life threatening situation is praised. The person asked is censured, and one who asks is responsible for bloodshed."
If Gd forbid there is a life in danger it is a requirement upon anyone who is able to help to do so immediately. To act first and ask questions later. If it is necessary to desecrate Shabbat it should be done by a Gd fearing Jew. A non Jew should only be asked to help if he will be more effective or if there is no Jew around.

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