Nishmat Abraham

Divided according to the four sections of the Shulchan Aruch, Prof. Abraham's magnum-opus, Nishmat Abraham, is a medico-halachic masterpiece consisting of new, relevant and practical halacha pertaining to the art of healing and the various issues involved, as much as detailed reference to the Talmud through the Rishonim and Acharonim, discussing the opinions of the various contemporary halachic authorities.
The updated and expanded edition includes many additions such as new responsa and various implications of the advancement of medical science.
The set should be required for every halachist and health professional.


By: Prof. Avraham Sofer Abraham, M.D., F.R.C.P.

Halachic discussions and rulings ranging from doctor's and patient's obligations on weekdays and Shabbat, Yom Kippur and Pesach, in the hospital or at home, to handling issues of hospice, end of life and brain death, pregnancy and assisted reproduction, contraception and abortion, brit milah and the medical problems of niddah, medical malpractice and claims, genetic engineering and cloning, DNA and stem cells, AIDS and herpes, the threatened physician and the psychiatric patient, 'Hatzalah', preventive medicine and many more issues and their attendant problems are discussed by the author.

Since the publication of the first volume of Nishmat Avraham some 30 years ago, the rapid advances in medicine have been presenting more and more halachic questions and challenges. The author has also received numerous new and unpublished responsa, both written and oral, from major contemporary poskim such as Rabbi Sh.Z. Auerbach and Rabbi Y.E. Waldenberg zt"l, Rabbi Eliyashiv, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Rabbi Wosner and Rabbi Neuwirth shlita. The necessity to collate them, each in relation to a proper section of the Shulchan Aruch, and present them to the public, made this new expanded edition a must.

Over 40% of Nishmat Avraham on Medical Halacha consists of new responsa and new medical-halachic rulings. As in the earlier edition, it remains a commentary on the four sections of the Shulchan Aruch with detailed references from the Talmud through Rishonim and Acharonim. In it one can find thousands of rulings gleaned from the vast sea of halachic literature, including the most up-to-date material from great contemporary authorities all over the world such as Rabbi M. Feinstein zt"l as well as from the poskim mentioned above.

The opinions of all the leading authorities are of particular importance in this survey which covers virtually every issue in medical-halacha. Their views are comprehensively summarized on each point, elucidating the underlying principles of contemporary issues. Thus it is ideal for structuring a systematic syllabus. In addition, its extensive and detailed indices make it a perfect reference and research tool.

The set should be required for every halachist and health professional.