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Treating Someone Who Put Himself In Danger On Shabbat

The Daily Halacha Moment - Treating Someone Who Put Himself In Danger On Shabbat

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

“Anyone who studies Halachot every day is guaranteed that he is destined for the world-to-come” (Megilla 28b, Niddah 73a)


Can we treat someone who made himself sick, on Shabbat?


One who caused himself to become ill to the point which he is considered a choleh she’ein bo sakanah (a non life threatening sick person), such as if he ate something that he knew would make him sick, may accept treatment as a regular choleh she’ein bo sakanah. [1] Similarly, a person who has severe asthma may nevertheless attend synagogue even though he will have to use medication or an inhaler once he arrives. Such a person should not pray alone at home to prevent himself from having to use medication.[2]

Adapted From R’ Yonatan Nacsons “Laws Of Shabbat, vol. 2, p. 312


[1]. Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 3, p. 295.

[2]. Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 3, p. 381; Halichot Olam, vol. 4, p. 181.

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