The goal of palliative care is to provide comfort in situations where a disease is terminal. Does halacha recognize these types of treatments? How much do we factor in the patient’s wishes in these contexts? Is it permissible to administer this treatment when it could shorten the life of the patient? Is there an obligation for man to fight for his life?
Does the obligation of preservation of life mandate treatment at any cost? When are we obligated to treat and when is it proper to exercise restraint?
A Compendium of Relevant Halachot
1. Introduction The holiday season can be very challenging for a person with dementia and their family. Of course, engaging in the mitzvot of the holiday and the getting together with family members and the congregation can uplift the family – and the dementia patient – bringing them joy and strength each year, and granting […]
1. Introduction On Yom Kippur we separate from all aspects of life, we abstain from performing melacha, eating, and drinking and we focus on prayer and repentance. For a sick person and those taking care of them, there is no break on Yom Kippur; a dementia patient’s caretakers involve themselves in this throughout the year […]
Position Paper – Obligations of a Dementia Patient on Fast Days and in Mourning Rites of the Three Weeks
Guiding principles, customs, and halachot for the Three Weeks and fast days for a person suffering from dementia and those around them.
The Torah determines that when faced with between man’s rights and responsibilities to himself and his obligations to others, the approach is “man himself comes before others, no matter what”. What is the moral and philosophic idea behind this fundamental principle?
1. Introduction: The Caretaker’s Identity Treating parents with dementia is one of the greatest struggles a family can endure. This is due to the difficult reality of the situation as well as the fact that the parents have a limited ability to express their wishes (or to affirm previously given directives). At times this ability […]
1. Introduction The mitzvah of honoring one’s parents accompanies man throughout his life, from a young age as a child living in his parent’s home to the age where he must care of his elderly parents. However, there is a fundamental shift in man’s life when he gets married. An additional significant character is added […]
Position Paper: “How Far Does Honoring One’s Parents Go?”: The Mitzvah of Honoring One’s Parents vs. Man’s Obligations to Himself
1. Introduction The mitzvah of honoring one’s father and mother of the most ubiquitous mitzvot which primarily deals with providing for the physical needs of the parents: “[He should] feed them and provide them with drink, dress them and cover them up, bring them in and out [of the house]” (Kiddushin 31b). However, the limitations […]
1. Introduction Honoring one’s parents is a great and fundamentally important mitzvah likened to the mitzvah of honoring God. In this manner does the Rambam introduces the halachot of honoring one’s parents: “Honoring one’s father and mother is a positive commandment of great importance, as is fearing one’s father and mother. The Torah equates the […]