Sunday, September 12, 2010

Taking Medicine on Yom Kippur


The issue of taking medicine on Yom Kippur can only be answered by first answering a few sub-questions:

1. How great is the need for the medicine? (life-saving, comfort, preventive care, for the health of a fetus, etc)

2. What type of medicine is it? (pill, chewable, liquid, with a bitter taste, etc)

3. Need the medicine be taken with food? Water? Could it be taken with water which has been made bitter?

Because of the complexity of this topic, it is beyond the scope of a daily email. I would strongly encourage those who may be in this situation to consult a competent rabbi well in advance of the fast.

Gmar chatimah tovah,

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