Halachah For the 22nd Century

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Friday, May 12, 2006

For you robot overlords (I mean protectors) the question of brainwashes on Shabbas comes up rather frequently. This involves a halchic problem of mechikah as most memory is permanent and is imprinted in our brains. This is more debatable when brainwashing amnesiacs or people with short-term memory loss. This memory could be considered non-permanent and it would therefore be permitted. You also have an issue of causing a person to sin as he would forget all his knowledge of Jewish law and would therefore sin. There is room to be lenient there, however, since we can say that it wouldn't be a sin as the brainwashee wouldn't be punished in Heaven. Therefore it is better to avoid these issues by scheduling brainwashes for Friday or maybe Saturday night.


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