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Traditional Sources on Sex Outside Marriage

While the Torah does not forbid premarital sex, the rabbis of the talmudic era prohibited it--but one modern authority proposed a sanctioned form of exclusive sexual relationship outside of marriage.

Genetic Diseases in Traditional Jewish Sources

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

The God Of Isaac

As Jacob descends to Egypt he calls on the God of Isaac to assure him that this decision is correct.

The Genome Project and Jewish Law

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

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.

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.

Spiritual Preparation for Death

Hasidic lessons on facing end of life.

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.

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.

Misgivings and Misconceptions

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