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An overview of the underlying issues
The field of medical ethics is a subject of great intrigue, particularly in light of new technologies, which present unprecedented ethical questions. Explore Torah true principles that help guide us in navigating these delicate issues.
Historic roots and current directions in bioethics
Leveling a critique at widely accepted principles of medical ethics, Professor Glick argues that medical ethics cannot be based only on biology or philosophy, but on the “sanctity of human life." (A Professor David Sevel Memorial Lecture)
A Jewish Perspective on Euthanasia
Based on case studies and personal experience, a Jewish clinician takes a practical look at the arguments both for and against euthanasia and how they square with the ethics of Torah.
A penetrating presentation on the ethical practice of medicine, ultimately addressing questions like: if G-d is the ultimate Healer, why are we permitted to heal, and is the practice of medicine a moral obligation? The entire lecture is ultimately based o...
Rabbi Steinsaltz continues the topic of how to prioritize lives that can be saved. He questions whether the concept of another's life taking precedence over one's own life is necessarily ethical. How would one decide between giving a heart transplant to a...
Rabbi Steinsaltz raises the difficult question of how to prioritize between lives when only a limited number of people can be saved. Who takes precedence over whom? May one life be sacrificed in order to save two lives?
Does one have a right to conscientiously object according to Judaism?
Examples from Tanakh, Jewish history and contemporary medical ethics.
New Technologies Raise Ethical Dilemmas
New technologies now enable the radical enhancement of human capabilities. These opportunities present complex moral and philosophical dilemmas that are difficult to navigate, and touch on the more essential question, what does it mean to be human? At wha...
A Jewish Ethical Perspective
A leading physician asks, "When is it ethical to provide experimental or risky treatment for a patient?" Special attention is given to differences between secular and halachic principles of patient care.
A Jewish view on synthetic biology
Does Torah allow or prohibit genetic engineering? What are the sources in Torah to argue either way?
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