In a non-emergency situation what would be the din of a daughter aiding her ailing father in-law and a son aiding his ailing mother in-law.

Answer:

It is formally permitted for a daughter to aid her ailing father-in-law, and vice versa, even in a non-emergency situation.

Aiding an ailing person does not involve a “maga chibah” (“intimate contact”), and based on the Shach and later poskim, it will not involve a formal prohibition.

However, like most medical matters, it is certainly preferable that a man should aid a man, and a woman a woman, where this is possible and convenient. If there is a strong preference for a family member, however, this will not be an option.

The fact that the person involved is one’s father-in-law or mother-in-law does not make a difference to this ruling.

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2 Responses to “Treatment of Ailing In-Laws”

  1. If there is a strong preference for a family member, however, this will not be an option.

    What is meant by this?

    • Meaning, that if the person requiring the treatment particularly want family to do the treatment, and bringing in others will cause possible offense, then this won’t be an option.

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