Halakha, Public Policy, and End-of-Life Dilemmas
Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Brody
Mondays, January 9 - February 13
2:00 Eastern, 9:00pm Israel
January 9: Are Jews Obligated to Spread Observance of the Seven Noahide Laws? Ethics, Interests, and the Moral Ecology
January 16: Does Every Moment of Life Have Infinite Value? "Quality of Life" in Halakha
January 23: Passive Euthanasia: Dilemmas of Withholding and Withdrawing Care
January 30: Active Euthanasia and Dilemmas of (Religious) Liberty
Fabruary 6: Time of Death and Organ Donation Controversies
February 13: New Dilemmas in Organ Donation
Modern medicine poses many new ethical dilemmas regarding end-of-life treatment.
These questions have become particularly difficult for Jews engaged in Western societies in which particular conceptions of autonomy and humanity dignity have radically changed our cultural landscape.
In this course, we'll explore the new dilemmas from a halakhic viewpoint with a particular eye toward how Jews may formulate public policy positions in our fraught political climate.