Northbrook to Join Worldwide Release of Medicine and Morals

Posted Tuesday, Sep 14th, 2010


Northbrook to Join Worldwide Release of Medicine and Morals

By JewishNorthbrook


New Course Provides Jewish Guidance for Medical Decision Making

This October the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) will launch its fall course, Medicine and Morals: Your Jewish Guide Through Life’s Tough Decisions.  Medicine and Morals is a case-study-based exploration of Jewish medical ethics and a fascinating look at Judaism’s approach to 21st century medical dilemmas. Do you have a moral obligation to donate a kidney to a loved one? With today’s biotechnology, can a child have more than two parents (and when is the child Jewish)? Is it right to hasten the death of a terminally ill patient in great pain?

“At some point in our lives, many of us will have to deal with questions like these,” says Rabbi Yehudah Pink, course author. "People want to know what’s right what’s wrong, and where they can turn for guidance. Jewish wisdom offers some very helpful direction in dealing with these issues, and that’s what this course is about."

Medicine and Morals is more intriguing than any fictional TV show,” promises local JLI instructor, Rabbi Meir Moscowitz. “It will prepare students for choices that they or their loved ones may be called upon to make, and it’s also a fascinating exposure to little-discussed aspects of Judaism.”

Lessons will examine a range of classic Jewish sources, drawing extensively from the Talmud, and from modern commentaries that make Talmudic wisdom relevant to real case studies.

Rabbi Meir Moscowitz of Lubavitch Chabad of Northbrook will be teaching this course at  for six Tuesdays, starting October 26 (evening class), and six Wednesdays starting October 27 (morning class), and potential students are welcome to call 847-564-8770 for more information or visit . 
There will also be a special accredited class for medical professionals and attorneys.

Medicine and Morals, like all of JLI’s courses, is designed for people at all levels of Jewish knowledge. Participants without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning can attend and enjoy this course. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not to be a member of any particular synagogue.

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