Mitzvot and Medicine: Values That Inform a Jewish Position on Healthcare

10:00 AM, Tuesday 20 Mar 2018 (1 hour)
Hotel Irvine - Woodbridge

What Values Inform a Thoughtful Jewish Position on the Health Care Debate?
with Rabbi Aaron Panken, PhD
 Biblical and rabbinic texts posit a positive obligation to heal the sick and injured. How far does this obligation go? What are its limits? Does a society have an unlimited obligation to heal those in need if they cannot afford to pay for their own care? What are the obligations on doctors, specifically, to heal the indigent? This session will explore these obligations, and provide Jewish texts and answers for these serious questions that have a direct impact on the question of health care in the American context today. 

Herew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
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