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Yitzchok Breitowitz Biography

Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"

“Taking one’s life is regarded as halachically and morally improper. While we cannot personally condemn those who in the midst of unbearable pain and suffering take their own lives, we cannot encourage, condone, or participate in the commission of such an act.”

“Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Halachic Approach,” Jewish Virtual Library website (accessed Nov. 24, 2006)

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Rabbi, Woodside Synagogue, Maryland
  • Professor of Law, University of Maryland
  • Advisor, Ethics Committee, Hebrew Home
  • Educational Consultant, Atlantic Seaboard Region, National Council of Synagogue Youth
  • Lectures regularly at the Board of Jewish Education,the Jewish Community Center, and the United Jewish Appeal Federation
  • JD, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School
  • Semicha, Ner Israel Rabbinical College
  • BA, Johns Hopkins University
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