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1207, 2024

Remedies for Pregnant Woman with Low Platelets Containing Brandy or Snake Venom

July 12th, 2024|Kashrut, Science and Medical Ethics, Yoreh De'ah|


Berkley, CA

A pregnant woman in her third trimester with low platelets has been recommended two remedies by her midwife. The first remedy ( contains brandy.

The second remedy is a homeopathic product that may contain snake venom. The midwife believes that if it contains any actual snake substance, it would be in a very small amount due to the nature of homeopathy.

Can she take either of these remedies?


Even before considering the fact that this woman is a choleh (a person who is ill),

2706, 2024

Referring to Someone Named “Adonai” by Name

June 27th, 2024|Yoreh De'ah|


Oakland, California

I met someone whose name is Adonai. Can I refer to him by name?


Calling him by name would be prohibited. Besides for the concern of using God’s name in vain, I would find calling someone by this name a deeply problematic theological act.

I think that the best thing to do is to explain to him why this is a problem

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Rabbi Dov Linzer

Rabbi Dov Linzer

Rabbi Dov Linzer is the President and Rosh HaYeshiva YCT Rabbinical School. An acclaimed Torah and halakhic scholar, Rabbi Linzer serves a religious guide to the yeshiva’s current rabbinical students and its over 150 rabbis serving in the field. In 2019, Rabbi Linzer became YCT’s president, assuming the institutional leadership of YCT in addition to its Torah leadership.

Rabbi Linzer has been a leading rabbinic voice in the Modern Orthodox community for over 25 years. He has published over 100 teshuvot (responsa) and scholarly Torah articles, and answers hundreds of questions each year from rabbis in the field.

He hosts a number of highly popular podcasts and videocasts, including Joy of Text and Iggros Moshe A to Z, in addition to his daf yomi podcast covering all of shas. In 2012, he was the convener of the Modern Orthodox Siyyum HaShas.