Reviewing: “Sefer Nishmat HaBayit: Responsa on Pregnancy, Birth and Family Planning.” Edited by Rabbanit Chana Henkin and Rabbi Yehuda Henkin. Midreshet Nishmat and Maggid Books. 2018. Hebrew. 374 pages. ISBN-13: 978-9655262346.
This collaborative work consists of 63 teshuvot on subjects related to pregnancy, birth, pregnancy loss, nursing and contraception written by seven yoatzot halacha and reviewed by Rabbi Yehuda Henkin and Rabbi Yaakov Warhaftig. In addition, the sefer contains five medical appendices by Dr. Deena Zimmerman, herself a yoetzet halacha as well as a medical doctor. The work contains the haskamot of Rabbi Dov Lior, Rabbi Avigdor Nebenzahl and Rabbi Nachum Rabinovitch, among others.
Each teshuvah presents a summary of the practical pesak halachah followed by a more detailed look at the classical and contemporary halachic sources on which the pesak is based. The teshuvot are admirably clear and erudite, and the work as a whole provides an excellent guide to these complex halachot.
We owe a debt of gratitude to Rabbanit Henkin not only for her work on this excellent book, but for her vision in founding the program of yoatzot halacha. There is no doubt… read more >>
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