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Yoatzot & psak

28 November, 2004


I was wondering how many times the rabbi of the program has had to issue a psak halacha?


Thank you for reaching out to us.

The answer to this question depends on how one defines the term “psak halacha”.

We define it as an original halachic ruling, as opposed to disseminating established rulings. The vast majority of questions that come to us are clear cut matters of disseminating established halacha, or matters on which our Rabbanim have ruled many times in the past.

We also receive a significant number of questions involving extenuating circumstances, on which we work carefully with our Rabbanim.

Questions that require a novel psak arrive less frequently. Sometimes, our role in receiving them is to guide a woman in asking her Rabbi or to communicate directly with him.

Halachic responses sent through this website are personally reviewed by our Rabbinic Supervisor, Rav Kenneth Auman, even when they do not require an original psak. Rav Yehuda Henkin ztz”l was our founding Rabbinic Supervisor until his passing in 2020.

This response was updated on 3 August 2023.

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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