Ari Plost is rabbi at Congregation B’nai Abraham, in Hagerstown, Maryland and president of the Hagerstown Area Religious Council.
“That he shall live by them, and not that he shall die by them” (Yoma 85b). This is the core principle of pikuach nefesh.
When authority speaks, we are taught to listen. But we are also taught to listen to our moral center and inner voice.