Monday, September 25, 2006

Blessings on Medicine

The latest issue of the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society (RJJ Journal) is out. Articles include:

  • Yarmulkas and Hats: Societal Custom or Halachic Imperative? by R. Henoch Morris
  • Sale or Donation of Human Organs by R. Alfred Cohen
  • Berachot on Medication by R. Akiva Bergman, MD
  • Alzheimer's and Dementia in the Elderly: Halachic Perspectives by R. Zev Shostak
  • Can Porcelain be Kashered? by R. Moshe Walter
Here's a quick summary of the Bergman article regarding whether to recite a berakhah on medicine:
  • Medicine that tastes bad -- no berakahah
  • Medicine that tastes so good you'd eat it even it if wasn't medicine -- yes berakahah
  • Medicine that tastes OK -- disagreement over whether to recite a berakhah

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