Dr. Selma Botman, provost and vice president of academic affairs at Yeshiva University, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Edward Reichman as the Rabbi Isaac and Bella Tendler Chair in Medical Ethics at Yeshiva College for the 2022-2023 academic year.
As the Tendler Chair, he will teach two courses in Medical Ethics during the 2022- 2023 academic year, one in the fall semester and the other in the spring semester. He will also conduct the annual lecture in memory of Rabbi Moshe David Tendler. His appointment will commence on August 2, 2022.
This is a fitting appointment, given the respect he had for Rabbi Tendler’s knowledge and expertise, a respect he showed in his 2021 essay, “Rabbi Moshe Tendler, zt”l: A Pioneer of ‘Synthetic’ Biology of the Torah Variety” (Traditiononline.org).
Dr. Reichman is an emergency medicine physician in the Bronx, New York, and a professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Department of Epidemiology & Population Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He received his rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University and writes and lectures internationally in the field of Jewish medical ethics. His research is devoted to the interface of medical history and Jewish law. He has been a mentor of the Medical Ethics Society of Yeshiva University since its inception.
He is a prolific writer. In addition to a recently published book, The Anatomy of Jewish Law: A Fresh Dissection of the Relationship Between Medicine, Medical History & Rabbinic Literature, he has five pieces in press: “‘A Physician, and Not for Himself’: Revisiting a Rare Jewish Physician Epithet That Should So Remain”; “A ‘Haro’ing Tale of a Jewish Medical Student: Notes on David de Haro (1611- 1636): The First Jewish Medical Graduate of the University of Leiden”; “On Pain of Death: Postmortem Pain Perception in Rabbinic Literature”; “‘Hidden’ Medical Diplomas of Jewish Physicians from the Early Modern Period: Transcripts in Manuscripts”; and “The Medical Diploma of Moses Crespino: The First and Only ‘Jewish’ Medical Diploma from Padua.”
“Dr. Reichman is a medical doctor, writer, teacher and ethicist,” noted Dr. Selma Botman, provost and vice president for academic affairs, “whose brilliant contributions to Yeshiva University and to our students will last a lifetime.”