Caring for a Jewish Patient – A guide for medical professionals

Judaism is one of the main religions of the world, based on the Torah, which Jews believe was given to Moses by God on Mount Sinai. The Torah (The Five Books of Moses – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) contains 613 commandments. Through the ages these commandments have been explained and expounded by our sages. They cover every aspect of life – from those activities people usually associate with religion, like praying or observing festivals, to everyday mundane activities.

This section of the website is intended for staff who are looking after Jewish patients and to help them understand some of the situations that might be affected by the patient’s faith. However as is the case with all patients, Jewish patients are individuals and not all Jewish patients will want to be treated in the same way.

It includes a number of different aspects of Jewish faith:

Jewish Dietary Laws

Jewish Festivals

Jewish Sabbath

Jewish Calendar

Other Jewish Practices

Jewish Prayer

Jewish Medical Ethics

Caring for Terminal Ill

Death and Jewish Burial

Childbirth and Circumcision

Print Friendly