Science and Medicine: Judaism and Science

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...


Dr. Carl Feit

Dr. Carl Feit is a noted cancer research scientist and holds the Dr. Joseph and Rachel Ades Chair in Health Sciences at Yeshiva University. Dr. Feit has chaired the science division of Yeshiva College since 1985. Prior to coming to Yeshiva, Dr. Feit was a research scientist at the immunodiagnosis laboratory at the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research. Dr. Feit serves on the editorial board of Cancer Investigation. He is also a Talmudic scholar and has lectured and taught Talmud classes for many years. He is a founding member of the International Society for Science and Religion. Dr. Feit has a BA from Yeshiva College, earned his PhD from Rutgers University, and is also an ordained rabbi. Sample Titles Chaos and Cloning: The Interplay of Science and Halacha Science and the Relationship to Torah Extraterrestrial Life Torah U’Madda Darwin and Drush – The Interplay Between Torah and Biology Point and Counterpoint – Jewish Responses to Evolution in the 20th Century Human or Golem: Therapeautic Cloning and Definitions of Humanhood in Jewish Law Science as a Paradigm for Halakhic Thought: An Introduction to the Theology of Rabbi Joseph B....


Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Schnall

Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Schnall is currently on the faculty of the Yeshiva College Psychology Department and the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education. He has published widely and lectured nationally on topics related to religion and psychology, as well as mental health and the Orthodox Jewish community. His research has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, on the cover of the Jerusalem Post, and on CBS television news (– and was even joked about by Jay Leno in his opening monologue on NBC’s Tonight Show.) Rabbi Dr. Schnall received ordination from Yeshiva University’s rabbinical school, the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He did his clinical residency in psychology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of UMDNJ, and holds a PhD in psychology from Yeshiva University. Sample Titles Orthodox Jewish Marriage: Why we’re satisfied, why we’re stressed Prayer and Longevity: Will going to shul help you live longer? The more things change the more they stay the same: An intergenerational view of mental health in the Orthodox Jewish community Avadim Hayeenu: Building Pyramids, Building Legos, and Building Self-Esteem Groupthink: How did the Sanhedrin avoid the kinds of mistakes that plagued JFK, NASA, and the captain of the Titanic? Multicultural Counseling and the Orthodox Jew Beyond Jerry Seinfeld and Jackie Mason: Is Humor Jewish, and Why Should I Care? Stress and Distress in the Modern World: Jewish Spirituality Responds Bringing Awe into our Lives: Positive Psychology and the Aesthetic in Judaism Harnessing the Power of Gratitude: A Contemporary View of a Timeless Mitzvah Hope and Optimism: In Judaism and in Our Daily Lives Making Marriage Work: Jewish and Psychological Perspectives Prayer and Longevity: Will Attending Shul Help You Live...


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...


Rabbi Jeremy Wieder, Ph.D.

Rabbi Jeremy Wieder, PhD is Yeshiva University’s Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Professor of Talmud in the Mazer Yeshiva Program, a rosh yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and an adjunct professor of Bible at Yeshiva College. Rabbi Wieder is a prolific scholar, with more than 900 lectures on Judaism captured on audio and video and available online. Rabbi Wieder was one of the first Americans to win the International Bible Contest. He graduated summa cum laude from Yeshiva College in 1991, and received an MS in American Jewish history from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. He was ordained at RIETS and holds a PhD in Judaic studies from New York University. Sample Titles Heinz dilemma in Jewish Law Copyright Law in Halakhah Economic and Social deception in Jewish Law The Interaction between Halakhah and Secular Law The Status of and Ethical Treatment of Gentiles in Jewish Civil Law The Dissolution of Kiddushin – A Solution to the Agunah Problem Fraud as Grounds for Invalidating Kiddushin – A Solution to the Agunah Problem? The Halakhic Status of Electricity on Shabbos Abortion in Halakhah A Halakhic view on Disinheriting a Child Parameters and Priorities in the Mitzvah of Tzedakah Conflict Between Science and Halakhah: The Response of Posekim Land for Peace Status of Oats as a Grain in Halakhah The Structure of the Hebrew Calendar Use of Ancient Near East in study of Tanakh Non-literal interpretation of Scripture Tiqqun Soferim in Hazal: Emendation or Interpretation? Textual Variants in Tanakh: A Halakhic Response Targum: An Introduction to the Jewish Aramaic Translations of Scripture How our Biblical Text came to be: The History of the Text and the Tiberian...

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