Sunday, August 9, 2015

The Extent of Melacha Allowed for Pikuah Nefesh

The Extent of Melacha Allowed for Pikuah Nefesh
Day: Sunday
Date: August 9, 2015
Parshat: Ri'eh
Yalkut Yosef: O"H 328

It is permissible for anyone to go to the hospital with a Holeh on Shabbat if going will make the Holeh more calm or will help him in any way. As mentioned previously, it is permissible to do any melachot that will help the Holeh Sheyesh Bo Sakana's situation but no more. Therefore, one who drove a Holeh to the doctor on Shabbat may not drive back home afterward since driving back home will not help the Holeh. Once the car door is open the settings should be changed so that the lights will remain on even after the doors are closed. If that wasn't done then the settings should be change while driving to prevent the lights from turning on when the car is stopped. Obviously, if changing the settings will cause a light to turn on or off nothing should be done. Along the same lines, a person who called the doctor for a Holeh may not hang up afterward since that will not help in any way. If the not hanging up will tie up the doctor's phone line, then he may hang up since that will be dangerous for others.

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