With the awesome stride made by medical science in recent years the science fiction of yesteryear has become the reality of today. These developments have given rise to a host of fascinating, perplexing and urgent problems. In this volume Rabbi Bleich, a preeminent halakhic scholar and ethicist, discusses such questions as assisted procreation, surrogate motherhood, pregnancy reduction, sperm banking, disclosure of information, care of the terminally ill, AIDS, HIV screening and conjoined twins. In these essays Rabbi Bleich explores the principles and concerns that enter into a Jewish response to each of these novel issues and demonstrates how Jewish teaching addresses them within the context of a unique and morally coherent value system. Written in a clear and lucid style with copious and insightful notes, this work contains a treasure-trove of information for scholar and general reader alike.
by J. David Bleich
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