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Jewish Guide to Practical Medical Decision-Making


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With a degree in bioethics and health policy, two rabbinic ordinations, and a pending doctorate in clinical bioethics, Rabbi Jason Weiner currently serves as the senior rabbi and manager of the Spiritual Care Department at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, where he is responsible for the chaplaincy team and all aspects of spiritual care. Rabbi Weiner is also the president of the Southern California Board of Rabbis and has been honored with Rabbinic Leadership Awards from the Orthodox Union and Chai Lifeline. He is a member of the Cedars-Sinai End of Life Committee, the Organ Donor Council, and the Bioethics Committee, for which he serves on the internal advisory board. Rabbi Weiner is also the rabbi of Knesset Israel Synagogue of Beverlywood. Additionally, he teaches a Talmud class at Shalhevet High School, and frequently serves as a scholar-in-residence at conferences and synagogues throughout the US.


"I can write in praise of this known Torah scholar, Rabbi Jason Weiner . . . I am certain that this work, which details all of Jewish Law that a patient needs to know, is a very important work and it is certainly a Mitzvah to publish and distribute it." Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, Chief Justice, Rabbinical High Court, Jerusalem
"My friend rabbi Jason Weiner has done a great thing by publishing this book . . . this practical guidebook will provide support and assistance to anyone who is concerned about Halakha." Dr. Avraham Steinberg, noted author, Director, Medical Ethics Unit at Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, and co-chairman, the Israeli National Council on Bioethics
"Rabbi Weiner sanctifies the Name of God daily in his holy work, and frequently consults with me in complicated Halakhic questions . . . this book is very well organized and I'm certain it will be very useful." Rav Asher Weiss, halakhic authority in Jerusalem, author, head of Minchas Asher institutions
"Although Weiner defines this book as an introduction, I found each chapter rich in its content and detail . . . . each topic is handled with care and extreme sensitivity, and it is obvious that a vast amount of research went into producing this substantive work." Devorah Talia Gordon,
"The book is highly recommended for academic, synagogue, and personal collections." Daniel D. Stuhlman, AJL Reviews
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"In general, this book is well worth purchasing and perusing for anyone interested in modern health care and Halakhah....It's very likely that the book will be read, appreciated, and used not just by rabbis and poskim, but by healthcare professionals, families, and patients as well." Zackary Sholem Berger,
"Rabbi Jason Weiner, a hospital chaplain and synagogue rabbi, combines real-world experience with extensive research to provide an overview of Jewish approaches to a wide range of medical issues. Rabbi Weiner writes for patients, rabbis and medical professionals. He therefore uses sympathetic and non-technical language that respects the patients' experiences and provides easily understood options, supplemented by endnotes with extensive citations... He suggestsrather than try to convince patients and family that their preference is wronglisten to them and empower them by offering options that provide them with the control and independence they desire. In a broader context, this is wise advice for dealing with anyone seeking religious guidance." Rabbi Gil Student,

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