New issue of the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society LXV (Spring 2013/Pesach 5773):
- Pens, Pads, and PCs–Writing on Shabbat for Medical Care by R. Dr. Raphael Hulkower – Excellent article on the subject, with a lot of very good points and sources. He missed a few recent sources in his survey (e.g. R. Eliezer Melamed’s discussion in his Peninei Halakhah and R. Eliyahu Koren’s discussion in his Me’orei Eish Ha-Shalem and the journal Ha-Ma’ayan) but that hardly matters. More importantly, he is missing what I am missing as well, which is why I haven’t published on the subject: the input of an expert in screen technology. Still an excellent article but without that input, not the final word on the subject (I tend to criticize more the articles that excite me most. Bad habit).
- Compelled to Inoculate: May Parents Refuse Vaccinations for Their Children? by R. Dr. Aaron Glatt, Dr. Fred Rosner, R. Yitzchok Breitowitz and R. Zev Shostak – Yes, parents are obligated. Fascinating history. Seems to be written by a power-house committee as part of a fellowship program in Jewish bioethics. Hopefully we’ll be seeing more such articles. Although on the halakhic aspects, I found R. Asher Bush’s Hakirah article more comprehensive.
- Jewish Perspectives on Burial in a Mausoleum by R. Jason Weiner – Reasons to oppose burial in a mausoleum but concludes that it is not as bad as cremation. There may be room for a posek to allow it as the least bad alternative.
- Determining Priorities and Triage in Medical Care by R. Moshe Walter – Who gets saved first in an emergency situation. Excellent discussion but one that has been covered many times already.
- Casual Saturday? Dressing Down for Shabbat by Dr. Wallace Greene – Not a complicated topic but one that needs to be emphasized. You have to “dress up” for Shabbos, as defined by local standards. That includes Friday night and Shabbos afternoon.
- Letters – R. Dovid Cohen disagreeing with an earlier letter by R. Binyamin Cohen (no relation). Aaron Gold tells how R. Moshe Feinstein told him that you may not take a ring inscribed with a verse into the bathroom.