• How does Judaism approach questions of life and death?
• What does Judaism say when you can only save one life and there are many lives to be saved?
• How do we approach the field of genes, genetics, and genomics?
• Does Judaism accept genetic material for identifying people?
• Is genetic evidence admissible in court?
In this course, using both ancient and modern examples, we will explore some of the most interesting, fascinating, and controversial aspects of Jewish medical law.
Rabbi Dr Akiva Tatz, Senior Lecturer at the JLE, was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. After practicing as a doctor in both South Africa and the U.S., he moved to Israel where he practiced both in hospital and general medicine in Jerusalem and engaged in a number of years of Talmudic study and later teaching in Jewish thought and medical ethics in Jerusalem.
Rabbi Tatz is the Founder and Director of the Jerusalem Medical Ethics Forum and has written a number of books on the subject of Jewish Thought and Philosophy including Living Inspired and Worldmask. His work has been translated into Spanish, French, and Portuguese.