The young wife of Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch had fallen ill,
and the doctors were unanimous in their opinion that there
was no hope of recovery.
When her father-in-law, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch,
was told of the doctors' verdict, he said: The Talmud
raises the issue of a doctor's right to practice medicine.
If G-d has afflicted the sick with illness, what right has
a human being to intervene? But the Torah itself refers to
the doctor's efforts when it says (Exodus 21:19) And
heal he shall heal. From here we derive,
say our sages, that a doctor has been given permission
But nowhere, concluded Rabbi Menachem Mendel,
has a doctor been given the right to condemn a human
being as incurable.