Contemporary Halachic Problems is considered one of the most authoritative discussions of the application of Jewish law to contemporary social, political, technological and religious problems. In Volume IV, Rabbi Bleich surveys such societal and communal issues as the authority of the secular state to punish crime, the role of the Bet Din, the appeals process in Jewish law, as well as halakhic problems rising from the intifada and the Gulf war, uses of experimental procedures in preserving life, criteria of death, in vitro fertilization and maternal identity, tissue donations, fetal tissue research, utilization of data obtained through Nazi experimentation and much, much more. Many of these issues have been matters of heated controversy within the Jewish community and the author, a distinguished Talmudic scholar and halakhist, has culled relevant material from the vast responsa literature. He examines each question by carefully delineating the issues, showing the various positions taken by rabbinic scholars, clarifying areas of divergence and analyzing the reasons for disagreement. This work is an invaluable source book for all students of traditional Jewish law and practice.
by J. David Bleich