JTS Hosts Provocative Discussion: “Patient Autonomy in the Dying Process—A Jewish Perspective”

Press Contact: Beatrice Mora
Office: (212) 678-8950
Email: bemora@jtsa.edu

January 29, 2014, New York, NY

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) is pleased to present "Patient Autonomy in the Dying Process: A Jewish Perspective" on Monday, February 10, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. at JTS (3080 Broadway at 122nd Street, in New York City). The Annual Ben Zion and Baruch M. Bokser Memorial Lecture, the discussion will feature Dr. Daniel Sinclair, Wolff Fellow in Jewish Law and visiting professor of Law, Fordham University Law School, New York City; and professor of Jewish Law and Comparative Biomedical Law, Haim Striks School of Law at the College of Management - Academic Studies (COMAS), Rishon LeZion, Israel. Admission is free, but reservations are required. RSVP at www.jtsa.edu/patient. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for check-in, and have photo ID available.

Autonomy is not generally regarded as a value in any area of Jewish law (halakhah), but the dying process may very well be an exception. This lecture will explore Rabbi Moses Feinstein's approach to establishing an appropriate balance between the strong Jewish legal mandate to preserve life and the value of maximizing patient autonomy. Rabbi Feinstein's biblical and talmudic sources, as well as the philosophical and ethical implications of his theory for end-of-life issues in Jewish and comparative law, will be discussed.

In addition to his work at Fordham University and COMAS, Rabbi Dr. Daniel Sinclair is also adjunct professor of Comparative Biomedical Law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he was awarded the prestigious Jacob Herzog Memorial Prize in Jewish Law. Dr. Sinclair has published more than 50 articles in the fields of comparative biomedical law and Jewish law, and on the influence of Jewish law on the legal system of the State of Israel, the relationship between halakhah and ethics, and the jurisprudence of Jewish law. He is the author of Tradition and the Biological Revolution and Jewish Biomedical Law: Legal and Extra-Legal Dimensions. He has also edited the volumes Law, Judicial Policy and Jewish Identity in the State of Israel and Jewish Biomedical Law in Israel.

The Annual Ben Zion and Baruch M. Bokser Memorial Lecture at JTS [Public Events: (212) 280-6093] was established by Mrs. Kalia Bokser and her daughter-in-law Mrs. Ann Wimpfheimer as a tribute to their late husbands, Rabbi Ben Zion Bokser (father) and Rabbi Baruch M. Bokser (son), z"l, with the goal of furthering their academic areas of interest, namely Talmud, Jewish ethics, and ancient and rabbinic Judaism.

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