Science and Medicine: Bioethics

Dr. Stuart Apfel

Stuart Apfel is an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and at Downstate Medical Center, and has recently become an adjunct faculty member at Yeshiva University where he teaches an undergraduate course in neuroscience. His scientific research has largely focused on the potential clinical application of neurotrophic factors for the treatment of peripheral neuropathy and other neurodegenerative disorders, and on other aspects of translational medicine. He is a founder of Parallax Clinical Research, a consulting firm that works closely with biotechnology companies and pharmaceutical companies assisting them with advancing potential therapeutics from the laboratory to clinical trials, and ultimately to approval. Dr. Apfel is a popular lecturer at Einstein and Downstate, and has won teaching awards. In addition to his scientific activities, he gives regular shiurim in his community of West Hempstead, and has lectured widely on a variety of Torah related topics, mostly focused on Science and Judaism, Jewish History, and topics in Tanach. Sample Titles The Evolution of the Human Brain Repairing the Nervous System Why do we age, and what can we do about it? Alzheimer’s disease – Can we reduce our risk? From a Single Cell to the Most Complicated Structure in the Known Universe – Embryonic Development of the Brain Our Aging Brain – Can We Keep it Young? Sleep and Dreaming – How and Why Learning and Memory – How it Happens and How to Improve It Understanding Modern Medical Research The Torah Perspective on the Inflationary Universe and Dark Energy Adam and Chava and the Origins of Humanity Talmudic Medicine and other forms of Alternative Medicine Does God Play Dice with the Universe? – Understanding Chance from a Torah Perspective Should a Jew Believe in Evolution? The Mind / Brain / Soul – A Torah, Scientific, and Philosophical Perspective Torah Perspective on the Human Genome Project Orion and the Pleiades from the Perspective of Chazal The God Gene – Are we Genetically Programmed to Believe in God?...

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Rabbi Dr. J. David Bleich

Rabbi J. David Bleich is an authority on Jewish law and ethics and bioethics. He holds the Herbert and Florence Tenzer Chair in Jewish Law and Ethics, is a professor of Talmud (rosh yeshiva) at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University and heads RIETS’ postgraduate institute for the study of Talmudic jurisprudence and family law. Rabbi Bleich has also been teaching at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law since 1981, with specialties in Jewish law and bioethics. His recent courses include Introduction to Jewish Law, Advanced Jewish Law and Jewish Law and Contemporary Legal Issues. Rabbi Bleich, spiritual leader of the Yorkville Synagogue in Manhattan, is the author of “Jewish Bioethics, With Perfect Faith: Foundations of Jewish Belief, Contemporary Halakhic Problems” (four volumes), and “Time of Death in Jewish Law and Judaism and Healing.” He has written extensively on the applications of Jewish law to contemporary social issues and on the interface of Jewish law and the American legal system. He is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, a postdoctoral fellow at the Hastings Center, fellow of the Academy of Jewish Philosophy and a member of the Governor’s Commission on Life and the Law. Rabbi Bleich received a BA from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, an MA from Columbia University and a PhD from New York University. He was ordained at Yeshiva Torah VoDaat in New York, and was conferred with Yadin Yadin ordination from Rabbis Moshe Feinstein and Mendel Zaks. Sample Titles: Adoption Agencies Hilchos Ishus Contemporary Bioethical Issues Kefiah BeGet Gitin Hebrew Names P’ru Urv’u Dating of Ketubah and Checks War Heter Iska Kutim Agunot Resources in Halachic Literature Adultery The right to die Withdrawl of Treatment Avaryanim Bizman Hazeh Nimtza Echad Karov O Pasul Transplants Get Me’useh Piscatorial Kashruth Tinok D’Lo Chakim Vlo Tipesh Sechar Sofer Vegetarianism & Shechitah Status of Shoteh Agunah Civil Marraiges Sheimot B’Get Contraception Surrogate Motherhood Tnai Bnisuin Erkaot Tuvei Ha’ir Ki Matza Ba Ervat Davar Inflation...

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Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander

Rabbi Dr. Kenneth (Kenny) Brander is Vice President for University and Community Life at Yeshiva University.  He concurrently serves as the inaugural David Mitzner Dean of Yeshiva University Center for the Jewish Future. The CJF shapes, enriches and inspires the contemporary Jewish community by convening the resources of Yeshiva. It does so by infusing the student body with the spirit of leadership and a sense of klal Yisrael. CJF serves to build, cultivate and support communities, rabbinic and lay leaders, and individuals. Furthermore, CJF is creating a global movement that promotes the values of Yeshiva. Rabbi Brander is rabbi emeritus of the Boca Raton Synagogue, founding dean of the Boca Raton Community Kollel and founder of the Weinbaum Yeshiva High School of Broward and Palm Beach counties. During his 14 years of service to that community, he oversaw its explosive growth from 60 families to some 600 families. Rabbi Brander is a 1984 alumnus of Yeshiva College and received his ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in 1986. At RIETS, he had the distinction of serving as personal aide to the esteemed Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. He also received special ordination from Machon Puah, a center of medical ethics in Israel, and from former Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu in the field of medical ethics. He received his PhD in general philosophy from Florida Atlantic University. Sample Titles Playing God: Can I Choose my Child? PGD and Genetic Screening – A Torah Perspective My Egg, My Husband, Her Womb, Whose Child? The Ethics of Reproductive Medicine Through the Prism of Jewish Law The Ethics of Reproductive Medicine in Jewish Law: A Torah Perspective End of Life Issues Through the Prism of Halakhah Fertility Procedures The Gift of Life: Donating Organs; A Jewish Perspective Our Health and Well-being: Compassionate and Halakhic Treatment of the Terminally Ill Patient Stem Cell Research – The Definition of Life as seen in Parshat Mishpatim Ethics of War “Is Zionism Diametrically Opposed to Judaism?” Contemporary...

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Dr. Edward Burns

Dr. Edward Burns is executive dean of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. In this capacity, he has responsibility for the support of clinical and basic science research, the College’s doctoral and post-doctoral programs, the clinical and scientific relationships with the College’s hospital affiliates, the development of scientific discoveries into biomedical technology and the licensing of these technologies to pharmaceutical and biotechnology partners. He also oversees the College’s policies relating to the responsible conduct of research and biomedical ethics. Dr. Burns is a graduate of Yeshiva and received his medical degree from Einstein. Over a 20-year period he has been a faculty member of the College and is a professor in the departments of pathology and medicine. He served as director of clinical hematology at Einstein Hospital and vice-chairman and director of laboratories at Einstein and Montefiore hospitals. He has written more than 50 articles in medical journals and chapters in books, has authored a textbook and holds five U.S. patents for his own inventions. Since joining the Einstein faculty, Dr. Burns was awarded the Sam Rosen Award for outstanding clinical teaching and the Harry Eagle award for excellence in basic science teaching. Sample Titles What Research Has In Store for...

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Rabbi Yaakov Neuburger

Rabbi Yaakov Neuburger is a rosh yeshiva at the Yeshiva Program/Mazer School of Talmudic Studies of Yeshiva University. Rabbi Neuberger is also the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Abraham in Bergenfield, N.J. Rabbi Neuburger is an authority on issues related to marital relationships and the purity of the Jewish home. He offers his services to help young men train for married life and prepare to build a proper Jewish home built on Jewish law and spirit. From 1986 to 1990, Rabbi Neuburger was spiritual leader of the Jewish community at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Jack D. Weiler Hospital. Rabbi Neuburger received semikha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University in 1979. He is a graduate of Yeshiva College, and earned an MA in psychology from Columbia University. Sample Titles Copyright in Jewish Law The Role of Parents and Teachers in a Student’s Life Decisions Scholarship and Scholarships: The Hidden Cost of Jewish Education Perspectives on Ramban and Minchat Chinuch Life Threatening Situations on...

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Rabbi Edward Reichman, Md

Rabbi Edward Reichman, M.D. is an associate professor of emergency medicine and associate professor of philosophy and history of medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, where he teaches Jewish medical ethics. Rabbi Reichman received semikha (rabbinic ordination) from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and writes and lectures widely in the field of Jewish medical ethics. He is the recipient of a Kornfeld Foundation Fellowship and the Rubinstein Prize in Medical Ethics, and was a member of both the board of the Halakhic Organ Donor Society and the advisory board of the Institute for Genetics and Public Policy. His research is devoted to the interface of medical history and Jewish law. Sample Titles Organ Donation And Jewish Law Can One Woman Have Two Firstborn Children? And Other Case Files from the New 21st Century Journal of Anticipatory Medical Halacha When Fathers Become Mothers and Mothers Have Udders: Medical Halakha for the 21st Century A Modern Day Challenge for Shlomo HaMelech: Ownership rights of frozen embryos New Ways to Have your Eggs Served: Ovarian transplantation and the definition of maternity in halakha The Bodies Exhibit and the Preservation of the Human Body in Rabbinic Literature: From Lot’s wife to Gunther’s knife Medical Halakha Update 2008: From artificial life to a DNA-matched wife The Impact of Rav Moshe Feinstein on Medical Halakha The Impact of the Tzitz Eliezer on Jewish Medical Ethics Dead or Alive! The Definition of Death in Jewish Law Halakha under the microscope: Halakhic Issues of the discovery and use of the Microscope Why is This Gene Different from all other Genes? The impact of the Human Genome Project on Jewish law Let’s face it: Face and other non-vital organ transplants in Jewish law The Aftermath of the Tsunami: risk, rescue and plague in Jewish Law The Anatomy of Halakha The not so new metzitzah controversy Posthumous Paternity and Motherless Maternity: New Frontiers in Assisted Reproduction Whose Life is it Anyway: The Terry...

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Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky

Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky is a rosh yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University. In addition, he also serves as spiritual leader of Congregation Ohr HaTorah in Bergenfield, N.J. His synagogue has attracted many Orthodox Jews to the community. Rabbi Sobolofsky also lectures at the Bergen County Beis Medrash Program, housed at Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck, N.J. Prior to his appointment as a rosh yeshiva, Rabbi Sobolofsky was a fellow of the Gruss Kollel Elyon and then went on to teach in the Irving I. Stone Beis Medrash Program. Rabbi Sobolofsky studied at Yeshivat Kerem BeYavneh and Yeshiva. Graduating in 1987, he was named valedictorian of the Mazer Yeshiva Program. He then attended RIETS, where he studied under Rabbi Hershel Schacter and Rabbi Mordechai Willig, finishing in 1990 and proceeded to the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration in 1996. Rabbi Sobolofsky is the author of Reishis Koach, on Maseches Bechoros, and has produced a series of shiurim on tape on Hilchos Nidda, Hilchos Aveilus, on the construction of a mikvah and on halachic aspects of the Seder, which are available on CDs and MP3s.His most recent sefer is titled The Laws and Concepts of Niddah. Sample Titles Chinuch and Mesorah: A Formula for Success Shofar and Mussaf on Rosh Hoshanah The Halakhic Perspective on Abortion End of Life Issues Emergencies on Shabbat and Yom Tov Pregnancy and Birth in Jewish Law and Thought The Future of Korbanot and the Rebuilding of the Beit ha-Mikdash Shabbat and Yom Tov in Jewish Thought Birth, Marriage, and Death in Jewish Law Conversion to Judaism The Jewish Traveler: The International Date Line The History of Torah she-Ba’al...

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Rabbi Dr. Moshe Tendler

Rabbi Dr. Moshe Tendler is the Rabbi Isaac and Bella Tendler Professor of Jewish Medical Ethics and a professor of biology, as well as a rosh yeshiva in the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. Rabbi Tendler is the leading expert on medical ethics as it pertains to Jewish law. He is the author of “Practical Medical Halakhah,” a textbook of Jewish responsa to medical issues, and “Pardes Rimonim,” a book about the halachot of Taharat HaMishpacha. Rabbi Tendler has been one of the most vocal supporters of Jewish organ donation. He has been a strong advocate for brain death criteria to be adopted as an acceptable definition of death under Jewish law. Rabbi Tender asserts that once organ donation has been deemed permissible under the given conditions, it is indeed mandatory, falling under the rubric of the legal obligation of Jews to preserve the lives of others. He has written extensively on euthanasia, infertility, end of life issues, organ donation and brit milah. Rabbi Tendler is spiritual leader of the Community Synagogue in Monsey, N.Y., and chairs the bioethical commission of the Rabbinical Council of America and the Medical Ethics Task Force of UJA-Federation of Greater New York. Rabbi Tendler is a strong supporter of Israel and Zionism and ascends the Temple Mount in Jerusalem every time he’s in Israel. Sample Titles Assisted Suicide Alternative Medicine: Medically Disputed, Halachically Refuted? Cloning in Jewish Law Time of Death: Brain Death in Jewish Law Domestic Violence and the Flaw in the Educational System Halakhic Issues of 9-11 Prioritization of Torah Values Memories of the Rav zt”l Societal Impact on Halacha Halakhic Response to Social & Scientific Change I of II Danger in Halacha...

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