Rabbi at the Yorkville Synagogue and Herbert and Florence Tenzer Professor of Jewish Law and Ethics at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"Not infrequently, the patient, if capable of expressing his desires and allowed to follow his own inclinations, would opt for termination of a life which has become a burden both to others and to himself. Judaism, however, teaches that man does not enjoy the right of self-determination with regard to questions of life and death. Generations ago our Sages wrote, 'Against your will you live; against your will you die'... [These words] may be taken quite literally as an eloquent summary of the Jewish view with regard to both euthanasia and the withholding of life-sustaining treatment. Judaism has always taught that life, no less than death, is involuntary. Only the Creator, who bestows the gift of life, may relieve man of that life, even when it has become a burden rather than a blessing."
Experts MDs, JDs (Lawyers), PhDs and Religious Leaders with significant involvement in end-of-life issues. [Because end-of-life dilemmas require medical, ethical, legal, and in some case religious considerations, we view MDs, PhDs with a bio-ethical focus, and JDs/religious leaders with significant involvement as "experts" in the euthanasia debate.] [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Rabbi, Yorkville Synagogue
Herbert and Florence Tenzer Professor of Jewish Law and Ethics, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University
Professor of Talmud (Rosh Yeshiva), Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS)
Rosh Kollel, Yadin Yadin Kollel (Institute for the Study of Jewish Monetary Law), Yeshiva University
Fellow, Woodrow Wilson
Postdoctoral Fellow, Hastings Center
Fellow, Academy of Jewish Philosophy
Member, Governor’s Commission on Life and the Law, 1984-present