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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: To Whom Does Life Belong?: Self-Harm
Rabbi Steinsaltz raises the question of to whom does life belong. He discusses how the concept of man being created in the image of G-d places limits on the rights one has over one's body. The Rabbi compares this concept to modern socio-political theories in which society owns the lives of its constituent population. He also discusses the ramifications this question has on one's right to harm oneself, analogizing the situation to a soldier who is prohibited from causing self-harm due to this being considered "damage to army property."
Date: 2008-11-06 12:22:25 - Added by: Guest
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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: To Whom Does Life Belong? Self-Harm P
Continuing his discussion of to whom life belongs, Rabbi Steinsaltz illustrates certain common examples in society in which we witness groups of people making decisions that directly influence the lives of others. Does society, for instance, have any rights to sterilize physically and psychologically ill people if it expects the descendents of these people to suffer and place great demands on society?
Date: 2008-11-06 12:21:30 - Added by: Guest
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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: Healing: Natural Selection vs. Human
Rabbi Steinsaltz asks whether we should just allow nature to take its place and select out the strongest from society or we should treat medical illnesses through human intervention. Though the Bible and Talmud seem to indicate that medical treatment is permissible, the Rabbi cites several biblical and midrashic sources that suggest that medical treatment may lead the ill to neglect to seek G-d's healing. The Rabbi cites Maimonides' reconciliation of some of these sources.
Date: 2008-11-06 12:19:59 - Added by: Guest
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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: Healing: Natural Selection vs. Human
Rabbi Steinsaltz asks whether we should just allow nature to take its place and select out the strongest from society or we should treat medical illnesses through human intervention. Though the Bible and Talmud seem to indicate that medical treatment is permissible, the Rabbi cites several biblical and midrashic sources that suggest that medical treatment may lead the ill to neglect to seek G-d's healing. The Rabbi cites Maimonides' reconciliation of some of these sources.
Date: 2008-11-06 12:18:16 - Added by: Guest
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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: Healing: Natural Selection vs. Human
Rabbi Steinsaltz asks whether we should just allow nature to take its place and select out the strongest from society or we should treat medical illnesses through human intervention. Though the Bible and Talmud seem to indicate that medical treatment is permissible, the Rabbi cites several biblical and midrashic sources that suggest that medical treatment may lead the ill to neglect to seek G-d's healing. The Rabbi cites Maimonides' reconciliation of some of these sources.
Date: 2008-11-06 12:11:31 - Added by: Guest
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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: Healing: Natural Selection vs. Human
Rabbi Steinsaltz cites R' Nachman from Breslav's complex opinion regarding the advisability of seeking medical treatment. The Rabbi suggests that ill people should indeed seek medical treatment and quotes a source from the Talmud supporting this idea which states that people should not live in a town that does not have a doctor. He concludes by arguing that rather than being viewed as a destroyer of nature, man should be viewed as having an obligation to perfect nature.
Date: 2008-11-06 12:10:17 - Added by: Guest
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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: Healing as a Mandate: A Doctor's Call
Rabbi Steinsaltz discusses the influence of a doctor's obligation to heal on the permissibility of a doctor to strike, to receive payment, and to retire. He suggests that there is no obligation to study medicine, but once one has the knowledge one is obligated to use it to treat those in need. The Rabbi concludes by citing a Talmudic source that suggests that a doctor that is paid will have greater incentive to develop his knowledge.
Date: 2008-11-06 12:09:21 - Added by: Guest
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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: Healing as a Mandate: Malpractice
Rabbi Steinsaltz raises the question of whether a doctor may be sued for mistakes caused by him during treatment. He suggests that if the doctor has religious and human permission to do the work, he cannot be blamed or sued for any damage or death that might result from medical interventions he administers.
Date: 2008-11-06 12:08:19 - Added by: Guest
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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: Man's Lease on His Body
Rabbi Steinsaltz argues that only G-d owns the bodies of human beings. If man only has a temporary "lease over his body," does he have the right to injure himself or allow someone else to cause injury to him? The Rabbi suggests that medical treatments that involve some form of injurious side-effect would be permitted if they serve higher values such as preserving the health of the body and saving one's life.
Date: 2008-11-06 12:07:30 - Added by: Guest
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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: On Family or Doctors Making Decisions
Rabbi Steinsaltz suggests that though doctors and family members typically have no special right over the body of their patients and family members, in certain situations they, as the closest legal guardians, would be given permission to make decisions regarding them. The Rabbi cites several examples in which people are obligated to make medical decisions for those in need of medical treatment because those in need do not have the capacity to consent to measures that would preserve their health.
Date: 2008-11-06 12:06:15 - Added by: Guest
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