Death and Euthanasia in Jewish Law

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Published 1995 – ISBN 0-929699-06-8

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Contributors

Israel Bettan (1889-1957) was Professor of Midrash and Homiletics at the Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, Chair of its Responsa Commitee. Author of Studies in Jewish Preaching in the Middle Ages (1939), The Five Scrolls (1950).

William Cutter is Emeritus Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature and Educationre at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. He writes in hermeneutics and literary theory. Author of fifty scholarly and 100 popular article as well as Healing and the Jewish Imagination (2007)

Solomon B. Freehof (1893-1990) was Rabbi of the Rodef Shalom Congregation, President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the World Union for Progressive Judaism, Chair of the Responsa Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Author of eight volumes of responsa including Today’s Reform Responsa (1990), as well as Reform Jewish Practice (1947, 1952), The Responsa Literature (1955), A Treasury of Responsa (1963).

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 and the Associated American Jewish Museums. Author, editor, or translator of thirty-six books including Christianity through Jewish Eyes (1974), American Reform Responsa (1983), The Pittsburgh Platform in Retrospect (1985), Liberal Judaism and Halakhah (1988),The Second Book of the Bible: Exodus Interpreted by Benno Jacob (1992), Die Exegese hat das erste Wort (2002), Pursuing Peace Across the Alleghenies (2005), Hesed and Tzedakah – From the Bible to Modernity (2006); Napoleon’s Influence on Jewish Law (2007), and more than twelve hundred published essays and sermons.  

Peter Knobel is President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, rabbi of Beth Emet, Evanston, Illinois. He is chair of the Liturgy Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and past president of the Chicago Board of Rabbis. He is the author of papers on assisted suicide, homosexuality, and spirituality among other subjects; he is editor of Gates of the Season (1983), Duties of the Soul: The Role of Commandments in Liberal Judaism (1999), and the new American Reform prayer book.

Leonard Kravitz is professor of Midrash and Homiletics at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. He has served on the Medical Ethics Committee of the New York Federation of Philanthropies. Author of The Esoteric Meaning of Maimonides= Guide for the Perplexed (1988), Commentary on the Ethics of the Fathers (1992) with K. Olitzky.

Jacob Z. Lauterbach (1873-1942) was Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati. Chair of the Responsa Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Editor of Mekhilta deRav Ishmael (1933-49). Contributor to the Jewish Encyclopedia.

Mark N. Staitman served as Rabbi of the Rodef Shalom Congregation, Pittsburgh, PA. And on the faculty of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He was active with the the Bio-Medical Institutional Review Board of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and as a Visiting Fellow in its Center for Medical Ethics.

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).

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