Dr. Aryeh Simmonds, director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Laniado Hospital, participated in a special Parashat Shelach Shabbat weekend event in Lawrence on behalf of the hospital. This weekend included both a Shabbat-morning dvar Torah and afternoon “Women’s Tea and Torah” at Congregation Shaaray Tefila, as well as a seudah shlishit dvar Torah at Agudath Israel of the Five Towns, concluding with a medical halachah roundtable with Rabbi Dr. Aaron Glatt at Congregation Shaaray Tefilla.

At the Kiddush on Shabbat morning following tefillah at Congregation Shaaray Tefilla, Rabbi Orlian spoke warmly about the hospital, highlighting the unique qualities of the hospital, including the fact that the hospital is run according to Jewish law. This was followed by a dvar Torah by Dr. Simmonds highlighting the lessons we can learn from the positive report given by Kalev on Eretz Yisrael, and how we can integrate this message of hope in the hospital and our daily lives.

This special Shabbat continued with the Shabbat afternoon “Women’s Torah and Tea.” The topic of this inspiring talk was “Lessons from Shevet Levi: A league of their own.” Dr. Simmonds connected the visible presence of the tribe of Levi in the parashah and the unique qualities of Shevet Levi. He specifically highlighted the many practical lessons that we can learn from them and tied these ideas into the lives of both the patients and their families, as well as all of us in our everyday lives.

At seudah shlishit at the Agudath Israel of the Five Towns, Dr. Simmonds gave an inspiring dvar Torah followed by a question-and-answer session about the hospital.

The weekend culminated with an exciting medical halachah roundtable discussion with Dr. Simmonds and Rabbi Dr. Aaron Glatt, the associate rabbi of Congregation Anshei Chesed, as well as a world-renowned physician, author, and medical posek. During the talk, Dr. Simmonds presented several interesting case scenarios in pregnancies and also the management of the baby in the delivery room and NICU, explaining both the medical issues and the potential halachic questions that arose as a result. Rabbi Dr. Glatt then went on to address the halachic issues and presented the ways in which halachah works in tandem with medicine to arrive at an answer.

Laniado Hospital, also known as the Sanz Medical Center, is a voluntary, not-for-profit hospital located in Kiryat Sanz, Netanya, Israel. The hospital has been providing top-notch medical care to the residents of Netanya and Israel’s Sharon region for over 40 years. Its broad scope of services encompasses over 60 inpatient departments, as well as outpatient clinics, specialized units, and other ambulatory services.


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