Some 200 people took advantage of [the] service last year.. . . . said he consulted with three “big rabbis” who certified his program as halachically permissible. He is careful to point out that this practice is not a religious loophole. “Everyone is a difficult case. It’s not a loophole. It’s not considered eating if it goes through a vein,” he said. “You’re not supposed to take anything though the mouth or stomach. Anything. Even if you’re allowed to, nobody wants to eat. It’s very hard for a person who has always fasted to face the reality of a situation where they have to eat,” he continued. “This way they still feel they fasted and halachically, they didn’t eat. The mouth is still dry.”
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Make Kiddush, Wash, and Eat a Yom Tov Meal
A story hit the New York Times "Yom Kippur Made Easier with Help of IV" which I quite frankly could not believe until I visited Imamother where posters were relating their experiences! Others saying "are you kidding?" as goes against basically everything they've learned regarding the halachic process. VIN News also posted a highly abbreviated version of the story, leaving off any actually discussion of the subject at hand including a statement from the OU's Rabbi Genack.
Sadly, the story is to be believed and is another dangerous chapter in going beyond halacha in order to "feel good" psychologically. When Ashkenazim need to eat on Yom Kippur, they drink/eat a prescribed amount every so many (prescribed) minutes. When Sephardim need to eat on Yom Kippur, they make kiddush, wash netilat yadaim in the proper form, and eat a yom tov meal inserting be yom kippurim ha zeh at yaaleh v'yavo. I had to confirm what I had learned on the subject and Rabbi Mansour did not confirm regarding making kiddush in his daily halacha post regarding those who must eat on Yom Kippur, but confirmed regarding eating. Our eating children have always made a kiddush for themselves before eating on Yom Kippur.
Others might not consider this story a big deal, but I most certainly do. Our obligations in life are not determined by our emotions. Sometimes our obligations in life change and we need to deal with that. And yet here emotions are dictating a practice unheard of in previous decades. Even the organizer of the beds in Bobov says as much:
How much communal energy and goodwill is being used up over absurdity?
I remember once a man collapsed in the synagogue on Shabbat and the Rabbi insisted that he, not someone else, run to the phone line to make that call. As he explained later, he wanted all to understand that an obligation is an obligation.