Nishmat's Golda Koschitzky Women's Halachic Hotline


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Sunday - Thursday: 18:00 - 24:00
Friday: 8:00 - 12:00
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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 yoazot 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
  • menopause

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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All health and health-related information contained within Nishmat's Women's Health & Halacha Web site is intended to be general in nature and should not be used as a substitute for consulting with your health care professional. The advice is intended to offer a basis for individuals to discuss their medical condition with their health care provider but not individual advice. Although every effort is made to ensure that the material within Nishmat's Women's Health & Halacha Web site is accurate and timely, it is provided for the convenience of the Web site user but should not be considered official. Advice for actual medical practice should be obtained from a licensed health care professional.