New Periodical: Verapo Yerapei VII

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New issue of The Journal of Torah and Medicine of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Synagogue and the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (vol. VII):

  • VBAC in Jewish Law: Halakhah, History and Philosophy by R. Dr. Yaakov Jaffe – Normal childbirth after a C-section — mentioned in the Mishnah — is now fairly common. However, depending on the risk factors may be forbidden because it is too dangerous. Interesting treatment of how Rambam dealt with this procedure, which in his day seemed medically impossible.
  • An Orthodox Jewish Approach to Hospice Care by Dr. Edward R. Burns – Judaism demands prolonging a life in most cases, not just palliative care. Which treatments are mandatory for terminal patients and which can be waived?
  • Hemophilia and Circumcision From Observation to Classification: Connecting a Talmudic Presumption to a Modern Diagnosis by Dr. Daniel Eisenberg – If a baby is diagnosed with hemophilia, should he be circumcised even if his two older brothers did not die from circumcision (as in the Talmudic case)? No. If clotting factors will prevent the danger, should he be circumcised? Yes.
  • The Valmadonna Trust Broadsides: A Virtual Reunion for the Jewish Medical Students of the University of Padua by R. Dr. Edward Reichman – Using a reunion as a literary fiction to tell the story of the prominent Jewish alumni of theUniversity of Padua Medical School, the first such school to admit Jews.

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and as Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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