Jewish Medical Ethics: The Role of a Physician in Jewish Law

Jewish Medical Ethics: The Role of a Physician in Jewish Law

from jewishvirtuallibrary.org by Daniel Eisenberg, M.D.

The Torah states: “I am the L-rd that heals you!” (Exodus 15:26) This verse implies that G-d does not need man to cure the afflictions that He creates. If so, by what virtue does man attempt to “short circuit” His will and attempt his own meager cures? Does man have any right to heal at all, and if he does, are there any limitations on how it may be accomplished. Is every action done in the name of therapy justified, solely because a physician performs it? Because Judaism recognizes the enormity of these questions, it requires direct permission from G-d to permit the practice of medicine and carefully circumscribes the limits of medical practice. Fortunately, the duty to save one’s fellow man is well grounded in the Torah and the restrictions are discussed at length in our codes of Jewish law.

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Forget the Cow

Written by: Rabbi Yosef Rosen Rabbi Nachum Twersky of Chernobyl, a member of the Baal Shem Tov’s inner circle, was once travelling through the Ukraine and lodged at an inn owned by “yishuvniks” – sweet, simple Jews who lived in the middle of nowhere, and ran a small farm and an inn for a non-Jewish landlord on a desolate stretch of a busy road.  Following a … Continue reading Forget the Cow