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The Laws of Pikuach Nefesh

(5783) (Monday) The preservation of life is a cardinal value in Halakha, and halakhic authorities over the generations have defined its purview and interaction with various realms of Jewish law. This series will discuss the classic halakhic definitions and debates, and from there will proceed to examine the unprecedented questions that arise with the revival of Jewish sovereignty in our times. How do considerations of national security affect Halakha? How are hospitals, police and an army to operate in a Jewish state on Shabbat? Rav Schwartz, head of the Halakhic Policy Department of the IDF Military Rabbinate, discusses these questions and more.