The Ethics of Healing
“In the patient let me ever see only the person.”
Prayer for the Physician
Attributed to Rabbi Dr. Moses Maimonides

Fewer occupations have stirred the Jewish mind and imagination (and in particular that of the Jewish mother) more than that of medicine.

The doctor is seen as a partner of G-d in the world, a harbinger of hope in the face of despair, someone working to mend the breaches in the world, an agent of tikkun olam in its broadest applications.

But healing and repairing also raise ethical questions which test our moral fibre, vision and goals. Some of the world’s most iconic doctors were Jews who not only valued their contribution to medicine but were also acutely aware of the ethical challenges posed. Therefore Jewish thought has an unbroken chain of reflection on Medical Ethics stretching back thousands of years and reaching forward to shed light on the most modern of therapeutic conundrums.

Join Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Glicksberg and the Academy in parternership with Waverley Shul on an odyssey into the world of bio-medical ethics in Judaism, a course which was originally delivered at Bar Ilan University. The course will cover amongst other topics: the morals of monetary gain from the sale of organs, triage priorities, organ transplants and determining the moment of death according to Jewish Law, guidelines for disconnection from life support, the ethics of praying for a sick person to die and palliative care.

This course will earn 2 CPD points.

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