May Jews save all lives on Shabbat?

30.06.2012                      10.Tammus. 5772                      Chukat

Frag den Rabbi:

May Jews save all lives on Shabbat?

While Judaism embraces the extreme value of life, it is not always the supreme value.

From the outset, let me state very clearly: Jewish law obligates Jews to save the lives of all humans, Jews and gentiles alike, even if it entails violating Shabbat. This is the universal conclusion of all contemporary decisors, despite confusing media reports of a recent public lecture by a senior Israeli scholar….