I was once told that to the Orthodox Jew who follows the Sabbath the rules that were born during a period of slavery were a challenge.
See the Sabbath required two things to keep, either slaves or wealth. Slaves could work on that day and Wealth allowed you to keep servants. But said servants could not be Jewish. A lot of “troubles” arose due to this, a Catholic Nanny could baptise a baby and many Jewish families lost kids to the Church (Since they had to rescue the saved soul!).
Orthodox Jews use loop holes and stretch the law of the Sabbath and contort to fantastic levels to maintain the Sabbath. To most it’s a strange foible. An annoyance but it never harms anyone, well not until now.
An elderly woman died because employees of her nursing home refused to call a doctor or emergency services because doing so would desecrate the Sabbath.
The malpractice lawsuit was filed with the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court against the Hadassim Nursing Home in Bnei Brak, and alleges that the 85-year-old woman did not receive medical treatment because workers refused to violate the laws of Shabbat by calling the doctor.
The elderly woman has been living in the long-term care nursing home since 2001, after suffering from a stroke. Her health was stable during these years except for one brief hospitalization.
One day, when her family visited her at Hadassim, they noticed a radical change in the old woman. She breathed heavily, shook and refused to eat. The family members tried to alert medical personnel about the situation, but they refused to call the doctor for this specific reason.
Later at the insistence of the family the home called for an ambulance. The woman died four days later at the hospital.
This case of gross negligence at the behest of a 3000 year old law has cost someone their life. To the more sensible Jews this is a travesty of justice, the excuse of utilising a religious law to deny an old woman the most basic of medical care. To those who would defend the Sabbath this is the will of an unfathomable god.