The Hildesheimer Lecture 2018

A cooperation between the Rabbinerseminar zu Berlin and the Berliner Studien zum Jüdischen Recht (Humboldt-Universität)

Rabbi Professor Dr. Avraham Steinberg

Torah scholar, Physician, Ethicist

Director of the Medical Ethics Unit at Shaare Zedek Medical Center

Director of the Yad Harav Herzog Institutes, Head of the Editorial Board of the Talmudic Encyclopedia, Editor-in-Chief of the Talmudic Micropedia

Co-Chairman of the Israeli National Council on Bioethics

Rabbi Professor Dr. Avraham Steinberg, MD was born in 1947 in a displaced persons camp in Hof, Germany and emigrated with his parents as an infant to Israel in 1949. His father, Rabbi Moshe Steinberg, served as the Rabbi of Kiryat Yam, and tutored his son in Torah studies.

Professor Dr. Steinberg studied Talmud and Jewish law at Yeshivat Merkaz Harav Kook in Jerusalem and then studied medicine and completed his internship at the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem.

Professor Dr. Steinberg served as a Medical Officer in the Israeli Air Force, and then worked as a senior Pediatric Neurologist at Shaare Zedek and Bikkur Cholim Hospitals in Jerusalem, as well as in the various Sick Funds in Jerusalem. Furthermore, Professor Dr. Steinberg served as Secretary and Treasurer of the Israeli Society of Child Neurology.

Professor Dr. Steinberg is the author of The Encyclopedia of Jewish Medical Ethics for which he was awarded the Israel Prize in 1999.

Since 2008 Professor Dr. Steinberg has served as the Director of the Yad Harav Herzog Institutes and as the head of the editorial board of the Talmudic Encyclopedia.

Since 2013 a new project has been developed under his editorship – The Talmudic Micropedia– an abridged version of the Talmudic Encyclopedia, with additions of modern issues whenever related to the Talmudic entries.

Since 1969 Professor Dr. Steinberg has researched and published extensively in the fields of general and Jewish medical ethics, history of medicine, medicine and law and pediatric neurology. He has written and/or edited 43 books and public reports in 71 volumes, 295 papers and chapters in Israeli and international Journals and books, while lecturing on Medical Ethics at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School. He lectured at 257 national and international conferences, as well as numerous public lectures in 36 cities in Israel, 33 cities in the USA and 43 cities around the world.

Professor Dr. Steinberg and his wife, Lynne, live in Jerusalem. They have three married children and thirteen grandchildren.

dangDeseaseEncyclopedia of Jewish Medical Ethics

Ethical issues in modern medicine are of great concern and interest to all physicians and health-care providers throughout the world, as well as to the public at large. Jewish scholars and ethicists have discussed medical ethics throughout Jewish history.

Neurological Manifestations of Systemic Diseases in Children (International Review of Child Neurology Series)

neurologicalThis is a clinical reference which focuses on the neurological complications that accompany many systemic disorders in paediatric patients. It should give neurologists, paediatricians, and paediatric subspecialists the help they often need in recognizing, understanding, and managing such problems as ataxia related to chicken pox, leg pain related to diabetes mellitus, or severe headache related to systemic lupus erythematosus. The book lists the more common neurological complications of nutritional deficiencies, bacterial and viral infections, and rheumatic, gastrointestinial, hepatobiliary, renal, cardiac, and endocrine diseases. Discussions on the neurological complications of each disease cover pathophysiology, neuropathology, clinical manifestations, and treatment.

jewishmedJewish medical law: A concise response by Avraham Steinberg
harefuahHa’Refuah Ka’Halachah
‘Ha’Refuah Ka’Halachah’ is a monumental and the most comprehensive work to-date on all aspects of Halakhah of all facets of medicine – regarding the healthy and the sick, man and woman, the fetus, minors, the elderly, the physician and other health-care providers, the policy makers and the hospitals. It encompasses the whole of human life, from before his creation until after his death, in six volumes full of medical and halachic content This is the product of the research of Rabbi Professor Avraham Steinberg, Israel Prize laureate for his groundbreaking work ‘Encyclopedia of Jewish Medical Ethics’, CEO The Talmudic Encyclopedia, Pediatric Neurologist and Director, Medical Ethics Unit, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem Israel. The six volumes of ‘Ha’Refuah Ka’Halachah’ bring under one roof the many advances in medical technologies and advanced research, providing a comprehensive halachic response and guidance, backed by thousands of halachic sources, personal communications from the most authoritative Rabbis and discussions on each topic. It is written in clear and fluent Hebrew style and language and is organized in a logical and reader-friendly system.

The topics include classic halakhic issues such as Shabbat and festivals, niddah, and seclusion, as well as halachic coping with the most advanced technological issues such as modern fertility techniques, modern genetics, risky treatments, triage decision, prematurely born babies, treatment of dying patients, defining the moment of death, organ transplantation and a variety of developments in the medical world.

This work, which is graced with the enthusiastic approbations of the great rabbis of Israel, is intended to guide both the patients and their families as well as the physicians and the health-care decision-makers in the halakhic opinion of the right course to be taken. It is suitable for physicians, medical teams, students and decision-makers in the field of medicine; Patients and their families; Rabbis, rabbinic judges and Torah scholars; Judges and lawyers; Academics in the fields of Judaism, law, society and the humanities; And to anyone who finds an interest in medical-halachic matters.

jewishethicsJewish Ethics And the Care of End-of-Life Patients: A Collection of Rabbinical, Bioethical, Philosophical, And Juristic Opinions

Examines the ethical questions of terminal care and assisted death from a Jewish perspective, discussing sanctity of life, quality of life, human dignity, autonomy, suicide, assisted suicide, and termination of life on demand.

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The Hildesheimer Lecture Series offers insights and perspectives on Jewish Law, Halacha, with a particular focus on the relationship and co-existence of Halacha with other legal frameworks and systems. The objective of this lecture series is to facilitate the dialogue and discourse necessary to promote tolerance and understanding. A broad range of social scientists, those in public policy and religious leaders, and activists have attended the Hildesheimer Lecture Series.

The Berliner Studien zum Jüdischen Recht unite members of the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Theology of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Jewish Community of Berlin and the Centrum Judaicum. It was established by Ignatz Bubis, Professor Dr. Bernhard Schlink and Dr. Roman M. Skoblo, who sought to provide an insight into the legal traditions of Judaism. The institution offers  seminars and classes, mainly through the professorship for Jewish Law during each summer semester, funded by the Meyer-Struckmann-Foundation.


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The Rabbinerseminar has taken on the important and essential task of educating a new generation of young, dynamic and ambitious rabbis. The rabbinical training consists of intensive halachic studies as well as a B.A. degree in Jewish Social Work at the University of Applied Sciences of Erfurt and key qualifications for the rabbinical position.

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