Nishmat's Golda Koschitzky Women's Halachic Hotline
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Hours - Israel time
Sunday - Thursday: 18:00 - 24:00
Friday: 8:00 - 12:00
Saturday night: ½ hour after Shabbat is over to midnight.
Hours - United States and Canada, Eastern time zone
Sunday-Wednesday: 11 AM to 5 PM
Thursdays: 11 AM to 9 PM
Saturdays, beginning one half hour after Shabbat is over in the New York area, for three hours
Yom Ha'atzma'ut: Monday, May 1, the hotline will be closed. Tuesday, May 2, the hotline will be open starting at 19:00 Israel time.
Nishmat's Golda Koschitzky Women's Halachic Hotline was established to meet the needs of women who seek a woman-to-woman address to clarify Jewish law (halacha) as it relates to issues in women's health. It is staffed by yoatzot halacha, women halachic consultants, trained by Nishmat, The Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women. Yoatzot Halacha are women certified by a panel of Orthodox rabbis to be a resource for women with questions in the halachic area of Taharat Hamishpachah (an area of Jewish Law that relates to marriage, sexuality and women's health). This role was devised for women who are more comfortable discussing personal issues with another woman
The Hotline is under the supervision of Nishmat rabbis Rabbi Yaakov Varhaftig and Rabbi Yehuda Herzl Henkin, with whom the yoatzot consult for rabbinic ruling (psikah). The yoatzot are available to provide you with information and to help you deal with halachic problems. In certain cases, the yoatzot may be able to provide professional referrals.
You can call the Hotline to secure information about observing the laws of taharat hamishpachah, including questions you may have relating to
- gynecological problems and procedures
- pregnancy, prenatal testing, and birth
- fertility treatments
- family planning
and more. A call to the Hotline is anonymous and discreet.
For further information about Nishmat's other programs, visit the Nishmat web site.
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