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pikuach nefesh and the trolley problem

TL;DR what is a halachic solution to the trolley problem?

hey y’all

i’m currently taking an intro course (specifically reform, not sure if it would really change any answers/thoughts, but might be worth mentioning) and our class today was on death and mourning – but we touched briefly on pikuach nefesh and the very few situations where one is not permitted to save another person’s life.

one of my classmates asked what a halachic approach and solution to the trolley problem would be, our rabbi wasn’t familiar with the trolley problem, so when explained she didn’t really have an answer (though she said she would discuss with her colleagues). it’s kinda just been sitting in my brain though, and i’m also very curious about it.

thanks!!

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