Contemporary Questions on Women’s Reproductive Health
Addressed by Yoatzot Halacha, Edited by Rabbi Yehuda and Rabbanit Chana Henkin
An outstanding English translation of Nishmat Ha-Bayit, the landmark first volume of teshuvot of Yoatzot Halacha on questions of women’s reproductive health.
The volume reflects two decades’ experience of Nishmat’s Yoatzot Halacha in fielding over 350,000 questions from women across the globe. As in classic responsa, the book provides a halachic discussion from the Talmud and Rishonim through contemporary Responsa. However, Nishmat Ha-Bayit is unique in reflecting the health and marital concerns of today’s observant women, the ways in which women ask their questions, and the halachic guidance and emotional support provided by Yoatzot Halacha.
A few examples of material that is difficult to find in a clear, succinct form in any other halachic work: the halachic status of different contraceptives, including the medical pros and cons and daily challenges of each; loss of interest in marital intimacy following childbirth; and extended use of hormonal contraceptives to postpone menstruation.
The book is a must-read for congregational rabbis, kallah teachers, and women educators, and should be on the bookshelf in every observant home.