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YU Rosh Yeshiva Will Also Headline 41st Annual Nitzotzot Conference With Discourse on Ethics and Halacha

Rabbi Moshe David Tendler, Rosh Yeshiva at YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Rabbinical Theological Seminary (RIETS) and the Rabbi Isaac and Bella Tendler Professor of Jewish Medical Ethics and Professor of Biology at Yeshiva College, will receive an honorary doctorate from Bar-Ilan University in the framework of its 59th annual meetings of the Board of Trustees.

Moses D  TendlerRabbi Tendler will also headline the  41st Nitzotzot Conference of Bar-Ilan’s Ludwig and Erica Jesselson Institute for Advanced Torah Studies on Sunday, May 18,with a discourse on “Value Judgments in Bioethics: Halakhic and General,” a summary of his life’s work.

The Nitzotzot Conference will explore the ways in which Jewish law affect bioethics and the halakhic questions that emerge from practicing medicine in Israel.  Bar-Ilan University President Rabbi Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz, a former Israel Minister of Science and Technology, will open the conference, and Dr. Tzuriel Rashi, of the School of Communication at Bar-Ilan University, will moderate the event.

“With scientific advancement evolving before our very eyes, we must continue to view halakha as a guideline to answer any difficult questions that arise.  In truth, a new Torah thinking should be born of every scientific discovery,” said Rabbi Shabtai Rappaport, the Director of the Jesselson Institute Beit Midrash.

“Rabbi Tendler’s life and career are built upon this philosophy, and there is no one more qualified to guide our scientific experts, rabbinical scholars and outstanding PhD candidates through the exploration of this theme than him.”

A world renowned posek and scholar, Rabbi Tendler was ordained at RIETS in 1949, and earned a PhD in biology from Columbia University in 1957.  Rabbi Tendler has written and lectured widely on medical ethics and is known as an expert on the relationship between Jewish medical ethics and halakha.

Additional conference sessions include “Judaism as a Religion, Law and Responsibility,”

“Jewish Bioethics: Between Chazal and Today’s Reality “and” The Righteous Person Shall Live by his Faith: The Added Value of Belief in Halakhic Ethics.”