Yoatzot & psak
28 November, 2004
I was wondering how many times the rabbi of the program has had to issue a psak halacha?
The vast majority of questions that come to us are clear cut matters of dissemination of halachic information, and we answer those directly. Questions which require a new psak do not often come up.
For those questions where psak (an original halachic ruling) is required, we do one of three things, in order of preference:
- Coach the woman in how to ask the question of her own rabbi. Sometimes women are willing to ask a specific halachic question but are too embarrassed to share all the pertinent information.
- Contact the woman's rabbi for her.
- Ask a question of the rabbis who "back up" the telephone hotline – Rav Yaakov Warhaftig and Rav Yehuda Henkin.
For this website, all halachic questions of any degree are reviewed by Rav Henkin.
This internet service does not preclude, override or replace the psak of any rabbinical authority. It is the responsibility of the questioner to inform us of any previous consultation or ruling. As even slight variation in circumstances may have Halachic consequences, views expressed concerning one case may not be applied to other, seemingly similar cases. 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.
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