Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Pikuah Nefesh on Shabbat

Pikuah Nefesh on Shabbat
Day: Wednesday
Date: July 29, 2015
Parshat: Va'ethanan
Yalkut Yosef: O"H 328

Saving a life overrides Shabbat as well as most mitzvot. It says in the Torah (Vayikra 18:5) "And you shall keep my statutes and my ordinances, which a person will do and live by them, I am HaShem." Our Hachamim have taught us based on this (Yuma 85:) that one "will live by them, and not die by them." Therefore it is a mitzvah to break Shabbat to help a person who is in danger. Our Hachamim have also taught us (Yerushalmi Yuma 8:5) that "one who hastens to break Shabbat for a Pikuah Nefesh situation, even by doing melachot De'oraita, is praiseworthy." We are also taught in multiple places that anyone who saves one Jewish life is as if he saved the entire world. Therefore if there is a Pikuah Nefesh situation a person must do everything possible to help.

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