Live Organ Donation

Does Jewish law permit donating a kidney? What about selling one?

Judaism and Tattoos

Even though you can get buried in a Jewish cemetery if you have one, there are a number of compelling reasons why the Torah prohibits tattoos.

Are Religion and Science Destined to be in Conflict?

Each one is important, and when we understand the relationship between them, we will be able to appreciate how they can form a great partnership.

It's Your Universe

Our planet is truly a miracle.

Stephen Hawking & God

Is God needed to create the universe?

Judaism and Life on Other Planets

NASA's earth-shattering announcement has many Jews asking: Does Judaism entertain the possibility of alien life?

The Solar Eclipse: A Jewish Message

The connection between covering our eyes when we recite the Shema and when looking at the eclipse.

Age of the Universe

How old is the world? Ancient commentators propose that the world may be simultaneously young and old.

Should Terri Schiavo Live or Die?

It is a denial of the Jewish ideal of the fundamental value of life that drives the forces that wish to remove Terri Schiavo's feeding tube.

The Origins of Life

One reason why I know there is a God active in our world.

The Mandate to Heal

What is the role of a physician in Jewish law?

Sanctity of the Human Body

Do we own our bodies, or are they only on loan?

Dangerous Surgery to Save a Life

Considering the tremendous value Judaism places on every moment of life, does Jewish law permit one to undergo surgery that carries a very high risk of death?

The Design Argument: Answers to Atheists' Objections

Turns out Richard Dawkins' watchmaker has 20/20 vision after all.

The Great Ocean of Truth

Despite the staggering discoveries made by science, the universe is still shrouded in awesome mystery.

"Virtually Brain Dead"

When is a person no longer considered alive?

Not By Chance: Shattering the Modern Theory of Evolution

A physicist brings a novel approach that challenges the assumptions of evolution.

Autopsy

How do we balance respecting the dead with the need to help the living?

The Cohanim - DNA Connection

The fascinating story of how DNA studies confirm an ancient biblical tradition.

Preservation of Life

Human life is a premier value in Jewish life, often superseding other concerns.

Altering Genes

Would it be good if we could genetically alter human characteristics like IQ and height?

Evolution: Rationality vs. Randomness

An M.I.T. trained scientist takes a look at Darwin, the fossil record, and the likelihood of random evolution.

Siamese Twins

A case of Siamese twins in England has doctors, judges and moralists perplexed. What does Judaism say about all this?

Is Stem Cell Research Ethical?

Is the destruction of preexisting pre-embryos permitted for stem cell research?

Abortion in Jewish Law

The traditional Jewish view does not fit conveniently into the major "camps" in the current debate.

Animal Suffering: The Jewish View

Animals and people are kindred spirits, but far from equals.

Matters of Life and Death

An exploration of the three cardinal transgressions, legal guidelines in coercive circumstances, and the obligation to save another's life.

Is Anybody There?

New studies demonstrate how people thought to be in an irreversible “vegetative” state showed signs of full consciousness.

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