Jewish Medical Ethics – List of Websites

     Rabbi Dr. Moshe J. Yeres

        Updated January 7, 2004

 

Topics

 

1.                            Reproduction

2.                            Abortion

3.                            Fertility techniques

4.                              Gene and Stem Cells

5.                            Organ Donation

6.                            Cloning

7.                            Doctor’s Obligations for Healing

8.                            Endangerment, SARS, Risky Surgery, Risk

9.                            Informed Consent

10.                       Strikes

11.                       Malpractice and issues

12.                       Siamese (Cojoined) Twins

13.                       Triage, Priority, Limited Resources

14.                       Homosexuality

15.                       AIDS

16.                       Drugs and Alchohol

17.                       End of Life- Euthanasia

 

 

 

Important Websites

 

www.myjewishlearning.com

www.daat.ac.il/daat/english/index.html

www.daat.ac.il/daat/refua/halacha.htm

www.jlaw.com

www.daneisenberg.com

www.aish.com

www.us-israel.org/jsource/judaism.html

 

1. Reproduction

 

אמצעי מניעה – מבט הלכתי רפואי – הרב יואל קטן, ד"ר חנה קטן, ד"ר אלחנן בראון

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/toshba/ishut/ishutm8.htm

 

Tubal Ligation and the Prohibition of Sirus

Shaul Weinreb M.D.

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/english/journal/weinreb-1.htm

 

 

 

2. Abortion

 

The Fetus in Jewish Law - Does a fetus have the same legal status as a person?

Fred Rosner

http://www.myjewishlearning.com/ideas_belief/bioethics/Overview_Abortion/Bioethics_Abortion_Fetus_Rosner.htm 

 

The Beginning of Life - According to Jewish law, human life begins at birth.

Fred Rosner

http://www.myjewishlearning.com/ideas_belief/bioethics/Overview_Abortion/Fetus_Status/Bioethics_Abortion_LifeBegins_Rosner.htm

 

Jewish Views on Partial Birth Abortion

Miryam Z. Wahrman

http://www.myjewishlearning.com/ideas_belief/bioethics/Overview_Abortion/Parameters_Of_Abortion/Bioethics_PartialBirth_Wahrman.htm

 

Abortion and Halacha

Daniel Eisenberg, M.D.

http://www.us-israel.org/jsource/Judaism/abortion.html

 

Partial-Birth Abortion

Miryam Z. Wahrman, Ph.D.

http://www.us-israel.org/jsource/Judaism/partial.html

 

Abortion - Yes Or No?

http://www.aish.com/rabbi/ATR_browse.asp?s=abortion&f=tqak&offset=1

 

Pre-Natal Testing

http://www.aish.com/rabbi/ATR_browse.asp?s=abortion&f=tqak&offset=2

 

Pre-Natal Follow-Up

http://www.aish.com/rabbi/ATR_browse.asp?s=abortion&f=tqak&offset=6 

 

Choosing Life
 
Miriam Luxenberg

http://www.aish.com/spirituality/odysseys/Choosing_Life.asp

 

Life of the Newborn

Rabbi Shabtai A. Rappoport

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/refua/newborn.htm 

 

Of Earthquakes and Abortion
Am Echad Resources

http://www.aish.com/spirituality/growth/Of_Earthquakes_and_Abortion.asp

 

 

 

3. Fertility techniques

 

Single Motherhood and Artificial Insemination:

Chaim Steinmetz

http://www.myjewishlearning.com/ideas_belief/bioethics/Bioethics_Fertility_TO/Bioethics_AI/Bioethics_SingleAI.htm  

 

In-Vitro Fertilization: Legal and Ethical Considerations:   

Fred Rosner

http://www.myjewishlearning.com/ideas_belief/bioethics/Bioethics_Fertility_TO/Bioethics_IVF_Rosner.htm  

 

Rabbinic Counselling for Infertile Couples

Richard V. Grazi and Joel B. Wolowelsky

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/english/ethic/counselling_1.htm 

 

Assisted Reproduction and Judaism

by Miryam Z. Wahrman, Ph.D.

http://www.us-israel.org/jsource/Judaism/ivf.html

 

Whose Child, What Faith?

Rabbi Shabtai A. Rappoport

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/refua/ivf.htm

 

The Preembryo in Halacha

Rabbi Yitzchok Breitowitz

http://jlaw.com/Articles/preemb.html

 

New Ethical Issues in Infertility Therapy

Richard V. Grazi and Joel B. Wolowelsky

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/english/ethic/grazi_wolowelsky_1.htm

 

Multifetal Pregnancy Reduction and Disposal of Untransplanted Embryos in Contemporary Jewish Law and Ethics

Richard V. Grazi, MD, Joel B. Wolowelsky, PhD

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/english/ethic/pregnancy-1.htm

 

Genetic Screening and Preimplantation Sex Selection in Halakhah

Richard V. Grazi and Joel B. Wolowelsky

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/english/ethic/genetic_1.htm

 

On Foetal Ovary Transplants

Richard V. Grazi and Joel B. Wolowelsky

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/english/ethic/transplants_1.htm

 

Donor Gametes for Assisted Reproduction in Contemporary Jewish Law and Ethics

Richard V. Grazi, MD, Joel B. Wolowelsky, PhD

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/english/ethic/donor-1.htm

 

Parenthood from the Grave

Richard V. Grazi and Joel B. Wolowelsky

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/english/ethic/grave_1.htm

 

Posthumous Use of Cryropreserved Sperm

Richard V. Grazi and Joel B. Wolowelsky

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/english/ethic/posthumous_1.htm

 

Post-Mortem Sperm Retrieval

Mordechai Halperin, M.D.

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/kitveyet/assia_english/halperin1-1.htm

 

ההיבטים המוסרים בהפריה אחרי מות בן הזוג – פרופ' יוסף שנקר

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/refua/moshav2-c.htm

 

 

 

4. Gene and Stem Cells

 

Genetic Screening and Judaism:

Fred Rosner

http://www.myjewishlearning.com/ideas_belief/bioethics/Overview_Genetic_Issues/Bioethics_Genetics_Screening_Rosner.htm 

 

Genetic Diseases in Traditional Jewish Sources: 

Fred Rosner

http://www.myjewishlearning.com/ideas_belief/bioethics/Overview_Genetic_Issues/Genetic_Screening/Bioethics_GenSources_Rosner.htm 

 

Gene Therapy and Genetic Engineering:

Fred Rosner

http://www.myjewishlearning.com/ideas_belief/bioethics/Overview_Genetic_Issues/Bioethics_GeneticEngineering_Rosner.htm

 

The Genome Project and Jewish Law:

Fred Rosner

http://www.myjewishlearning.com/ideas_belief/bioethics/Overview_Genetic_Issues/Gene_Therapy_And_Genetic_Engineering/Bioethics_Genome_Rosner.htm

 

The Cloning Debate:

Sharon Samber

http://www.myjewishlearning.com/ideas_belief/bioethics/Overview_Genetic_Issues/Gene_Therapy_And_Genetic_Engineering/Bioethics_CloningOverview_JTA.htm  

 

Jewish Views on Stem Cell Research

Pauline Dubkin Yearwood

http://www.myjewishlearning.com/ideas_belief/bioethics/Overview_Genetic_Issues/Gene_Therapy_And_Genetic_Engineering/Bioethics_StemCell_CJN.htm 

 

Is Stem Cell Research Ethical?
Daniel Eisenberg, M.D.

http://www.aish.com/societyWork/sciencenature/Is_Stem_Cell_Research_Ethical$.asp

 

Stem Cell Research in Jewish Law

Daniel Eisenberg, MD

http://jlaw.com/Articles/stemcellres.html

 

Judaism, Genetic Screening
and Genetic Therapy

Fred Rosner, M.D.

http://www.us-israel.org/jsource/Judaism/genetic.html

 

Human Genome Mapping: a Jewish Perspective

Mordechai Halperin, M.D.

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/kitveyet/assia_english/halperin.htm

 

Engage: Stem Cells Resource Package

http://www.stemcellnetwork.ca/engage/materials/jewish.pdf

 

Judaism and the Human Genome Project
Richard Greenberg

http://www.aish.com/societywork/sciencenature/Judaism_and_the_Human_Genome_Project.asp 

 

The Breast Cancer Genes

Miryam Z. Wahrman, Ph.D.

http://www.us-israel.org/jsource/Judaism/breast_cancer.html

 

Jewish Genes
Rabbi Yaakov Kleiman

http://www.aish.com/societywork/sciencenature/Jewish_Genes.asp

 

The Cohanim - DNA Connection
Rabbi
Yaakov Kleiman

http://www.aish.com/societyWork/sciencenature/The_Cohanim_-_DNA_Connection.asp 

 

שבוט גנטי – תחרות במעשה ה'?

פרופ' נחום רקובר

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/kitveyet/shana/shibut-4.htm

 

The Brain Death Controversy in Jewish Law

Rabbi Yitzchok A. Breitowitz

http://www.jlaw.com/Articles/brain.html

 

 

 

5. Organ Donation

 

Some Halakhic Questions: What are the Jewish legal issues with organ transplantation?

Fred Rosner

http://www.myjewishlearning.com/ideas_belief/bioethics/Overview_Organ_Donation/Bioethics_Organ_HalakhicQuestions_Rosner.htm

 

Living Persons and Organ Donation:

Louis Flancbaum

http://www.myjewishlearning.com/ideas_belief/bioethics/Overview_Organ_Donation/Some_Halakhic_Questions/Bioethics_DonatingOrg_Flanc.htm

 

Definining Death in Jewish Law:

Abraham Steinberg

http://www.myjewishlearning.com/ideas_belief/bioethics/Overview_Organ_Donation/Bioethics_Organ_Death_Steinberg.htm 

 

Ultra-Orthodoxy and Organ Donation :

Judy Siegel-Itzkovich

http://www.myjewishlearning.com/ideas_belief/bioethics/Overview_Organ_Donation/Defining_Death/Bioethics_Sheep_Post.htm

 

Organ Donation
Rabbi
Shraga Simmons

http://www.aish.com/societywork/sciencenature/Organ_Donation.asp

 

Organ Donation

http://www.aish.com/rabbi/ATR_browse.asp?s=organ&f=tqak&offset=1

 

The Brain Death Controversy in Jewish Law

Rabbi Yitzchok A. Breitowitz

http://www.jlaw.com/Articles/brain.html

 

 

 

 

6. Cloning

 

The Cloning Debate:

Sharon Samber

http://www.myjewishlearning.com/ideas_belief/bioethics/Overview_Genetic_Issues/Gene_Therapy_And_Genetic_Engineering/Bioethics_CloningOverview_JTA.htm

 

Cloning
 
Rabbi Shraga Simmons

http://www.aish.com/family/marriage/Cloning.asp

 

The Ethics of Cloning

Daniel Eisenberg, M.D.

http://www.us-israel.org/jsource/Judaism/clone.html

 

Reproduction by Cloning: a New Ethical Challenge

Michel Revel, M.D., Ph.D.

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/kitveyet/assia_english/revel.htm

 

Cloning People and Jewish Law: A Preliminary Analysis

Rabbi Michael J. Broyde

http://www.jlaw.com/Articles/cloning.html

 

Human Cloning: Scientific, Ethical and Jewish Perspectives

Prof. Avraham Steinberg , Dr. John. D. Loike

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/kitveyet/assia_english/steinberg.htm

 

On Cloning

Richard V. Grazi and Joel B. Wolowelsky

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/english/ethic/clone-1.htm

 

Cloning, Nitzotzot Min Haner

http://www.nerleelef.com/dec2.pdf

 

The Cloning of Noah, Rabbi Nosson Slifkin

http://www.torah.org/features/secondlook/noah.html

 

 

 

7. Doctor’s Obligations for Healing

 

Halakhic Guidelines for Physicians in Intensive Care Units*

Avraham Steinberg, M.D.

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/kitveyet/assia_english/steinberg-1.htm

 

The Mandate to Heal
Daniel Eisenberg, M.D.

http://www.aish.com/societyWork/work/The_Mandate_to_Heal.asp

 

Schlesinger Institute, Shaare Zedek Hospital

http://www.szmc.org.il/index.asp?id=94

 

Bioethics For Clinicians: 22. Jewish Bioethics

Gary Goldsand, Zahava R.S. Rosenberg and Michael Gordon

http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/content/full/164/2/219?maxtoshow=&HITS=10&hits=10&RESULTFORMAT=&author1=Goldsand&fulltext=Bioethics&andorexactfulltext=and&searchid=1073438407229_83&stored_search=&FIRSTINDEX=0&sortspec=relevance&volume=164&resourcetype=1&journalcode=cmaj

 

The Role of a Physician in Jewish Law

Daniel Eisenberg, M.D.

http://www.us-israel.org/jsource/Judaism/drrole.html

 

The Obligation to Save Life

Eliezer ben Shlomo, J.D., Ph.D.

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/kitveyet/assia_english/benshlomo.htm

 

 

 

8. Endangerment, SARS, Risky Surgery, Risk

 

Self-endangerment to save others - (SARS)

Daniel Eisenberg, MD

http://www.daneisenberg.com/selfendangerment.html?1056519346030asp

 

Risky Medical Treatment In Jewish Law

Daniel Eisenberg, M.D.

http://www.uscj.org/ssds/boston/medethic/risk.html

 

The Ethics of Smallpox Immunization
Daniel Eisenberg, M.D.

http://www.aish.com/societyWork/sciencenature/The_Ethics_of_Smallpox_Immunization.asp

 

Forced Surgery
Sid Bernstein, Esq.

http://www.aish.com/societywork/sciencenature/Forced_Surgery.asp

 

Taking a Risk
Daniel Eisenberg, M.D.

http://www.aish.com/societyWork/work/Taking_a_Risk.asp

 

Danger and Responsibility

Rabbi Shabtai A. Rappoport

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/refua/danger.htm

 

Responsibility

Rabbi Shabtai A. Rappoport

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/refua/responsb.htm

 

Against Medical Advice

David Fink, Ph.D.

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/kitveyet/assia_english/fink.htm

 

Risk: Principles of Judgment in Health Care Decisions: An excerpt from Duty and Healing: Foundations of a Jewish Bioethic

Benjamin Freedman, Ph.D.

http://www.thebody.com/iapac/freedman.html

 

 

 

9. Informed Consent

 

Medical Informed Consent in Jewish Law- from the Patient’s Side

Daniel Eisenberg, MD

http://jlaw.com/Articles/MedConsent.html

 

Information and Independence

Rabbi Shabtai A. Rappoport

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/refua/infcons.htm

 

Professional Confidentiality in Jewish Law
Daniel Eisenberg, M.D.

http://www.aish.com/societyWork/work/Professional_Confidentiality_in_Jewish_Law.asp

 

 

 

10. Strikes

 

May A Doctor Refuse to See Patients?

Rabbi Avrohom Blaives

 http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/english/journal/blaives-1.htm

 

Physicians' Strikes and Jewish Law
Fred Rosner, M.D., F.A.C.P.

http://jlaw.com/Articles/physicians1.html

http://jlaw.com/Articles/physicians2.html

 

 

 

11. Malpractice and issues

 

Medical Error and Malpractice

Rabbi Zvi Ilani and Rabbi Yaakov Weinberger

 http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/kitveyet/assia_english/ilani-1.htm

 

Moral Dilemmas Faced by Jewish Doctors During the Holocaust

Michael Nevins, M.D.

http://www.us-israel.org/jsource/Judaism/dilemma.html

 

The Value of Life
Rabbi
Nechemia Coopersmith

http://www.aish.com/societyWork/society/The_Value_of_Life_.asp

 

The Bystander's Duty to Rescue in Jewish Law*

Aaron Kirschenbaum, J.D.

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/kitveyet/assia_english/kirschenbaum.htm

 

 

 

12. Siamese (Cojoined) Twins

 

Siamese Twins
Rabbi
Shraga Simmons

http://www.aish.com/torahportion/shragasweekly/Siamese_Twins.asp

 

So One May Live

Rabbi Moshe Dovid Tendler, Ph.D.

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/kitveyet/assia_english/tendler-1.htm

 

Siamese Twins: The Surgery: an Agonizing Choice - Parents, Doctors, Rabbis in Dilemma

Donald C. Drake

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/kitveyet/assia_english/drake-1.htm

 

Siamese Twins: Rav Feinstein's Ruling and the Subsequent Controversy

Mordechai Halperin, M.D.

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/kitveyet/assia_english/halperin2-1.htm

 

Conjoined Twins: 2000 Version: British Supreme Court's Decision,

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/kitveyet/assia_english/rosen-1.htm

 

סיפורן של תאומות סיאם

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/refua/teumut-4.htm

 

Siamese Twins

http://www.aish.com/rabbi/ATR_browse.asp?s=siamese&f=tqak&offset=1

 

 

13. Triage, Priority, Limited Resources

 

Whom Do We Treat First? Jewish Ethics and Rationing Finite Medical Resources

Rabbi Moshe J. Yeres Ph.D.

 

http://www.pathcom.com/~u1064136/Etgar2.pdf

http://www.pathcom.com/~u1064136/Etgar.doc

http://www.pathcom.com/~u1064136/Etgarhtml.htm

 

Rationing Health Care
Daniel Eisenberg, M.D.

http://www.aish.com/societyWork/sciencenature/Rationing_Health_Care.asp

 

Is Managed Care Unethical?
Daniel Eisenberg, M.D.

http://www.aish.com/societyWork/work/Is_Managed_Care_Unethical$.asp

 

The Value of Life_
Rabbi Nechemia Coopersmith

http://www.aish.com/societyWork/society/The_Value_of_Life_.asp

 

Healthcare Reform, Rationing, and Equity: a Societal Challenge

Shimon M. Glick, M.D.

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/kitveyet/assia_english/glick-1.htm

 

 

 

14. Homosexuality

 

Homosexuality In Orthodox Judaism

Rabbi Dr. Nachum Amsel

http://www.lookstein.org/retrieve.php?ID=-4061196

 

Homosexuality, Nitzotzot Min Haner

http://www.nerleelef.com/sep03.pdf

http://www.nerleelef.com/oct03.pdf

 

Homosexuality

Richard Greenberg

http://www.jlaw.com/Commentary/homosexuality.html

 

Homosexuality and Judaism

Rabbi Barry Freundel

http://www.jonahweb.org/html/library-freundel.phtml

 

Why Neither Homosexuality nor Heterosexuality Exist in Judaism

Joel Beasley

http://www.jonahweb.org/html/library-joelbeasley.phtml

 

Judaism and the Modern Attitude to Homosexuality

Norman Lamm

http://www.jonahweb.org/html/library-normanlamm.phtml

 

JONAH website

http://www.jonahweb.org/index.html

 

Initial Religious Counseling for a Male Orthodox Adolescent Homosexual

Joel B. Wolowelsky and Bernard L. Weinstein

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/english/ethic/homosexual-1.htm

 

An "Unorthodox" Therapy of an Ultra-Orthodox Adolescent

Sarah Zippora BatKohen, Ph.D.

http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/kitveyet/assia_english/gavriel-1.htm

 

 

 

15. AIDS

 

AIDS: A Jewish Perspective

Rabbi Yitzchok Breitowitz

http://www.us-israel.org/jsource/Judaism/AIDS.html

http://jlaw.com/Articles/aids.html

 

 

 

16. Drugs and Alchohol

 

The Orthodox Caucus, Substance Abuse: web reference sheets

 

http://216.97.108.57/webdata/uploads/983983553_FileName_substanceabusediscussionguide.rtf

 

http://216.97.108.57/webdata/uploads/1005688029_FileName_rothnerlessonplansonsubstanceabusewithouthebrew.rtf

 

http://216.97.108.57/webdata/uploads/983983632_FileName_substanceabusehelfgotgeneralsourcesmaterial.rtf

 

http://216.97.108.57/webdata/uploads/1027605023_FileName_dratchsubstanceabuse.doc

 

 

17. End of Life- Euthanasia

 

Euthanasia: Biblical and Rabbinic Sources: 

Fred Rosner

http://www.myjewishlearning.com/ideas_belief/bioethics/Bioethics_Euthanasia_TO/Bioethics_EuthanBibRab_Rosner.htm

 

Euthanasia: Medieval Sources -

Fred Rosner

http://www.myjewishlearning.com/ideas_belief/bioethics/Bioethics_Euthanasia_TO/Bioethics_EuthanMedi_Rosner.htm 

 

Defining Death in Jewish Law:

Abraham Steinberg

http://www.myjewishlearning.com/ideas_belief/bioethics/Overview_Organ_Donation/Bioethics_Organ_Death_Steinberg.htm

 

Compassionate Murder
Sid Bernstein, Esq.

http://www.aish.com/societywork/sciencenature/Compassionate_Murder.asp

 

Halakhic Guidelines for Physicians in Intensive Care Units*

Avraham Steinberg, M.D.

 http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/kitveyet/assia_english/steinberg-1.htm

 

The Brain Death Controversy in Jewish Law

Rabbi Yitzchok A. Breitowitz

http://www.jlaw.com/Articles/brain.html

 

The Right to Die: A Halachic Approach

Rabbi Yitzchok Breitowitz

http://www.jlaw.com/Articles/right.html

 

Physician - Assisted Suicide: A Halachic Approach

Rabbi Yitzchok Breitowitz

http://www.jlaw.com/Articles/suicide.html

 

End of Life Choices in Halacha

Daniel Eisenberg, MD

http://jlaw.com/Articles/EndofLife.html

 

Physician-Assisted Suicide Under Jewish Law1

Prof. Steven H. Resnicoff

http://jlaw.com/Articles/phys-suicide.html

 

The "Halachic Health Care Proxy"  - An Insurance Policy With Unique Benefits

Chaim Dovid Zwiebel

 http://www.jlaw.com/Articles/healthcare.html

 

Euthanasia: The Approach of the Courts in Israel and the Application of Jewish Law Principles

Yaakov Neeman and Eliot Sacks

http://www.us-israel.org/jsource/Judaism/euth.html

 

Should Terri Schiavo Live or Die?
Daniel Eisenberg, M.D.

http://www.aish.com/societyWork/sciencenature/Should_Terri_Schiavo_Live_or_Die$.asp

 

The Terri Schiavo Case: Related Ethical Dilemmas
Daniel Eisenberg, M.D.

http://www.aish.com/societyWork/sciencenature/The_Terri_Schiavo_Case_Related_Ethical_Dilemmas.asp

 

Doctor-Assisted Suicide
Sid Bernstein, Esq.

http://www.aish.com/societywork/sciencenature/Doctor-Assisted_Suicide.asp

 

Killing Mercy
Rabbi
Yisrael Rutman

http://www.aish.com/societyWork/sciencenature/Killing_Mercy.asp

 

Legalizing Assisted Suicide
Am Echad Resources

http://www.aish.com/spirituality/growth/Legalizing_Assisted_Suicide.asp

 

Coma
Judy Doobov

http://www.aish.com/spirituality/odysseys/Coma.asp

 

Euthanasia, Physician Assisted Suicide and the Dying Patient: Medical Status

Philippa Newfield, M.D.

http://www.us-israel.org/jsource/Judaism/euth1.html