Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Jewish Values

Women are commanded to care for the health and well-being of their bodies above all else. Our tradition teaches that when God created the universe, we were endowed with the ability to become God's partners in curing illness. Providing health is not just an obligation for the patient and the doctor, but for the whole of society. It is for this reason that Maimonides, a revered Jewish scholar, identified care for the sick as the most important communal service that a city had to offer its residents (Mishneh Torah, Sefer Hamadda IV:23).

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