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 Lesson Details
  • Lesson 1
    Choosing Life: The Obligation to Seek Treatment

This lesson examines Jewish perspectives on pursuing medical care, as well as declining it. Is it ever acceptable, or even preferable, to sim­ply rely on faith, prayer, and one’s own resources? How does Judaism justify medical intervention? And is it an obligation or a choice? May other family members force us to seek treatment that we do not want? This lesson examines the ethics of issues involving patient auton­omy within the modern health care system.

  • Lesson 2
    Flesh of My Flesh: Organ Transplants in Jewish Law

Hundreds of thousands of people find their lives hanging in the balance as they hope for the gift of life in the form of a vital organ such as a heart, lung, or kidney. By receiving an organ, they are literally given a new lease on life. Yet there is a tremendous shortage of available organs. Does Jewish law allow the donation of organs, either from a live donor or one who is recently deceased? Do we have the authority to give a body part away? Might it go further, actively encouraging or even mor­ally compelling one to donate under certain circumstances? This lesson provides a nuanced and compassionate look at the sensitive ethical issues governing organ donation 

  • Lesson 3
    Rolling the Dice: Risky and Experimental Treatments

Often, people with rare or incurable illnesses consider untested experimen­tal treatment, gambling that they will be cured. May one participate in an experimental treatment with no guarantee of success that also has the dan­ger of shortening life? Can we define the allowable odds? Do our personal preferences and values hold any weight? And does the same hold true for children? Does it matter that participating in this experimental treatment will provide important knowl­edge that will be helpful in curing others? 


 "As our society continues to struggle with thorny and complex medical issues, from end of life, to health care, to abortion, the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute has come forward with a fascinating course that will shed light on these key questions, and provides students of all ages with the all-important Torah perspective."
-The Hon. Tevi D. Troy, PhD
Former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC

"The Rohr JLI curriculum on Medicine and Morals discusses many of the most relevant and fascinating current medical ethics issues from a Jewish religious and secular viewpoint. It will be of great help to doctors, patients and their families."
-Kenneth Prager, MD, FACP
Director, Clinical Ethics, Chairman, Medical Ethics Committee, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY

"Over the past two years I have examined much of the material prepared for courses offered at the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute. This material has uniformly been of high caliber and of meaningful intellectual weight. Additionally, the course books are aesthetically attractive. I recommend without reservation their use, particularly by persons who are in the major professions and in business."
-Marvin Schick, PhD
Founder, National Jewish Commission on Law and Public Affairs (COLPA), Liaison to the Jewish Community under NYC Mayor John V. Lindsay, New York, NY

"I am most impressed with the course on Jewish medical ethics, Medicine and Morals. As the title suggests these two topics should and must go hand in hand, not only to treat our patients but to understand them too. The topics are right in line with modern day realities, but put an important time and Torah honored perspective that will help the health care provider see these issues in a different, helpful and more appropriate light."
-Robert Kliegman, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin, Executive Vice President, The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

"The content is truly unique, yet obviously relevant to the issues facing physicians daily."
-John Jane, Sr., MD
Chair, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA

"The course gives a thoroughly researched and well-explained tutorial on Jewish law and organ donation. It is an excellent review of the issues and enormously intellectually stimulating."
-Sally Satel, MD
U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Recipient of a gratuitous organ donation, Washington, DC