Spotlight on the exponential growth of medical utopias, including Jewish reflections on stem-cell research, nanotechnology, biogenetic engineering and radical life extension

What does Judaism have to say about the elimination of disease, the arresting and reversing of aging, and prospects for human immortality? How is the Torah concerned about the quality of life and the retention of life experience? What is the meaning of regeneration and revival of the dead? In this class we will cast the issues of longevity, health and healing, redemption from aging and death and the body 2.0, in the light of Jewish perspectives on the Messianic Age. Simultaneously, we will examine recent medical breakthroughs in the world of genetics, stem cells, and nanotechnology in the context of classical Jewish sources.