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Genetic Diseases in Traditional Jewish Sources

Rabbinic authorities have always been aware of heredity and genetic disease.

The Genome Project and Jewish Law

Does the genome project take imitatio dei too far--beyond imitating God, to playing God?

Burial and Mourning: A Liberal Approach

The questions that a liberal Jew asks when a loved one dies often go beyond the strict requirements of Jewish law.

Social Action Aspects of Death and Mourning

Giving charity, time, and effort is a traditional and significant way of honoring the memory of one who has died.

Jewish Attitudes Toward Death

A brief summary of traditional Jewish views of death--including its tragedy and its inevitability.

Confronting Death Before Death Confronts Us

Why we are afraid to think about death--and why we must.

Spiritual Preparation for Death

Some Hasidic rebbes taught their disciples not only how to live, but also how to die.

Death and Birth

What it means to enter this world in the same way as we leave it.

The Ethics of Burial and Mourning

The Jewish approach to death and mourning reflects a two-part ethic: the equal treatment of rich and poor in death, and the importance of channeling, and then limiting, our mourning.

Where Was Sarah?

Sarah's death illustrates the flaw of attempting to impose perfect justice on an imperfect world.

Misgivings and Misconceptions

Though most rabbinic authorities allow organ transplants, the Jewish community has a poor track record when it comes to donations.

The “Abortion Pill”

What is the Jewish position on RU-486 ?