Addiction and Its Consequences in Jewish Law

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Published 2015 – ISBN 0-929699-26-2

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Jonathan K. Crane is the Raymond F. Schinazi Scholar in Bioethics and Jewish Thought in the Center for Ethics at Emory University. He holds degrees from Wheaton College the University of Notre Dame, Gujarat Vidyapith (Ahmedabad, India),  Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, and the University of Toronto. Immediate past-president of the Society of Jewish Ethics. The author of Ahimsa: The Way to Peace with Jordi Agusti-Panareda (2007), co-editor with Elliot Dorff of The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Ethics and Morality (2012), Narratives and Jewish Bioethics (2013). Beastly Morality: Animals as Ethical Agents (November 2015), and Eating Ethically: Religious, Philosophical and Scientific Perspectives on Eating Well.

Joan S. Friedman is Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies at the College of Wooster and author of Guidance, Not Governance: Rabbi Solomon B. Freehof and Reform Responsa (2013) in addition to essays in the field of Halakhah.

Walter Jacob is President of the Abraham Geiger College in Berlin/Potsdam; Senior Scholar of Rodef Shalom Congregation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; President of the Freehof Institute of Progressive Halakhah. President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (1991-93). Author, co-author, or editor of numerous essays and forty-three books in the fields of halakhah, Judaism and Christianity, and ancient horticulture. His book Christianity through Jewish Eyes (1974, 2007) brought him into a close friendship with Cardinal John Wright and Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl. President of the Religious Education Association of America (1981-85), chairman of the Responsa Committee of the CCAR (1974-90), Cofounder with Irene Jacob of Horizon Homes for Handicapped Children (1969); Vice President of the *World Union for Progressive Judaism (1991-93). His books include:  American Reform Responsa (1983), Liberal Judaism and Halakhah(1988),The Second Book of the Bible: Exodus Interpreted by Benno Jacob (1992), Die Exegese hat das erste Wort (2002), The Environment in Jewish Law (2003), Gardening from the Bible to North America (2003); Pursuing Peace Across the Alleghenies (2005), Hesed and Tzedakah – From the Bible to Modernity (2006), War and Terrorism in Jewish Law (2010), Benno Jacob, Fighter and Scholar (2011), The Internet Revolution and Jewish Law (2014).

Leonard Kravitz Professor Emeritus of Midrash and Homiletics at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion; A graduate of John Carroll University (1950), M.H.L. and ordination HUC-JIR (1954) and Ph.D. (1957).  He has served as an Army Chaplain (1957-59) and was one of the three editors of the new Prayer Book for Jewish Personnel in the Armed Forces; he has been a member of the Medical Ethics Committee of the New York Federation of Philanthropies. He received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in 2011. Author and co-author of more than fifteen books, including The Hidden Doctrine of Maimonides’ Guide for the Perplexed (1988), Pirke Avot, A Modern Commentary on Jewish Ethics (1993); Shemonah Perakim, The Journey of the Soul (1995); A Year of Jewish Stories (2003), Ruth – a Modern Commentary (2005), Shir Hashirim a Modern Commentary (2005), Esther, A Modern Commentary (2010), Jewish Pastoral Care (2011).

Joshua S. Lief is Senior Rabbi of Congregation Ahavath Chesed in Jacksonville, FL. He received his B.A. from Princeton and was ordained by the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in 2003. Earlier he served Congregation Mitzpa, Chattanooga TN. He is active in interfaith dialogue and a leader in the broader community.

Richard Rheins is Senior Rabbi of Temple Sinai, Denver CO. He is active in many communal causes along with his wife, Rabbi Susan Rheins. He is Vice-President of the Freehof Institute of Progressive Halakhah, and a member of the Reponsa Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. A graduate of Indian University (1980) with his ordination and M.H.L., from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (1989), which awarded him a D.D. in 2014. He became a member of the Reponsa Commitee in 1992 and has published in the field of halakhah.

Moshe Zemer is Director of the Freehof Institute of Progressive Halakhah. He is a founder of the Movement for Progressive Judaism in Israel and founding rabbi of the Kedem Synagogue-Bet Daniel, Tel Aviv. He is Av Bet Din of the Israel Council of Progressive Rabbis and Senior Lecturer in Rabbinic at Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem. He has also contributed numerous articles on halakhah in the Israeli press and scientific journals. He is author of The Sane Halakhah (1993).

Mark Washofsky is the Solomon B. Freehof Professor of Jewish Law and Practice at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. He is Chair of the Responsa Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and Vice-Chair of the Solom B. Freehof Institute of Progressive Halakhah. He has published numerous studies in the field of Jewish law, legal theory, and contemporary ethics. He is the editor of Teshuvot for the Nineties (1997), and the author of Jewish Living: A Guide to Contemporary Reform Practice (2010); Reform Responsa for the Twenty-first Century (2011).


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