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Driving To The Hospital On Shabbat

The Daily Halacha Moment - Driving To The Hospital On Shabbat


״כל השונה הלכות בכל יום - מובטח לו שהוא בן העולם הבא״ (נידה עג ע״א, מגילה כח:)


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Question:

Who can drive an expecting woman to the hospital on Shabbat?


Answer:

If possible, a woman who is giving birth should use a non-Jewish driver to drive her to the hospital. [1] However, if having to find a non-Jewish driver will stall her from getting to the hospital, then even a Jew may and should drive her there. [2]


Adapted from R' Yonatan Nacsons "Laws Of Shabbat"

Sources:

[1]. See in Pri Megadim, E.A. 330:2 and in Shulchan Shlomo 330:1 who state that it is better to use a non-Jew when possible.

[2]. Halichot Olam, vol. 4, p. 142.


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