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Working with the unorthodox


Dear Rabbi,

When in our communities, our only doctors are unorthodox jews, can we make appointments or should we only see gentiles. I have had a few and in some cases by being jewish themselves it was an advantage but in mad feeling, my kosher rights were not felt to be anything other than just “personal preference”. Its hard because there are few if any orthodox Torah jews in my community.



I hear your concern, it is very uncomfortable when a person’s doctor doesn’t sympathize with his religious beliefs, but on the other hand the gentile might also consider your religious concerns as “personal preferences”. If both doctors are equal, it is better to go to the Jew and support him, however if the Jewish doctor is not as good or if he is significantly more expensive then you may use the gentile doctor without a problem.

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