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Wake Up the Patient
Salomon Says

Wake Up the Patient

Should you wait for a sleeping patient to wake up?

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Published: June 15, 2013


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Visitor Comments: 26

(24) Anonymous, July 6, 2013 3:57 PM

Alternative

Always bring a book. Sit quietly and read until the person wakes up.

(23) Mati, June 24, 2013 11:48 PM

I think you should because I would want to be

It may or may not be selfish, but I think you should wake the person up because I would want that myself. Hospital visits are boring and I would end up sleeping myselft to make the time go by faster. I would hate to miss ANYONE who was there and left because I was asleep. That being said I also think that consulting with the nurse/doctor on the issue must be done. And of course the "Jewish rule" is an issue, but in the same respect that we "live by the Torah" not die, we should LIVE by our sages, not SLEEP by them. (lol)

(22) yossief, June 20, 2013 4:38 AM

If it's good enough for Rabbi Auerbach..........

I presume that you are referring to Reb SHlomo Zalmen Aurbach, since you said he was a sage. If it is good enough for him, I think I would emulate his example, unless the nurse said that the patient was in pain and should not be woken up.

(21) Lynne, June 19, 2013 8:27 PM

Do Good

I have to disagree with Selfish. It's not selfish to wake someone up (unless they are in critical condition) Because as Rabbi Salomon shared that man would have been full of regret if he had missed seeing his visitors. Which is more selfish, to wake someone up or to leave someone full of regret because their visitor didn't wake them up? The Mitzvah is to do Good in all things, visiting the sick etc. and what greater pleasure is there for a person who is confined than to have a visitor (it definitely relieves the boredom) to brighten their day. It doesn't rob them of their sleep, it robs them of their visitor. They can always catch up on their sleep a little later on.

(20) David, June 19, 2013 2:32 AM

Don't be selfish

Most people who wake up the sleeping person just want the recognition that they were there. The Mitzvah is to sit quietly and let the person get their rest, then leave even if the person never knew of the visit. To assume that the person is bored is making an excuse for your own good.

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