About the Author

Daniel Eisenberg, M.D.

Dr. Daniel Eisenberg is with the Department of Radiology at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA and an Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Imaging at Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine. He has taught a Jewish medical ethics class for the past 15 years. Dr. Eisenberg writes extensively on topics of Judaism and medicine and lectures internationally on topics in Jewish medical ethics to groups of all backgrounds. Obtain more information on scheduling a lecture or learning more about Jewish medical ethics by visiting Dr. Eisenberg at www.daneisenberg.com


Will Your Cell Phone Kill You?

A Jewish approach to risk evaluation.

Matzah Alternatives

If someone has trouble eating matzah, what should they do on Seder night?

Swine Flu Ethics

A Jewish response to the potential swine flu pandemic.

Is Stem Cell Research Ethical?

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

Medications on Passover

A comprehensive overview of the laws pertaining to medicines on Passover.

"Virtually Brain Dead"

When is a person no longer considered alive?

Circumcision and the Eighth Day

Why should circumcision be the sign of the covenant between the Jews and God?

Should We Tell Grandpa?

Telling a sick person of a death.

Sanctity of the Human Body

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


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

Altering Genes

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

Genetic Screening for Breast Cancer Genes: Weighing the Pros and Cons

Knowledge is power. But sometimes knowledge can become a tyrannical master.

Judaism and Cosmetic Surgery

A comprehensive overview on plastic surgery in Jewish law.

Abortion in Jewish Law

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

Live Organ Donation

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

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.

Judaism and Modern Technology

From cloned sheep to implantable chips in human beings, are we moving too fast through uncharted territory?

Why Medical Ethics?

The scientific community, and the medical community in particular, have been the impetus for some of the most barbaric and immoral programs of the 20th century.

Multifetal Pregnancy Reduction In Jewish Law

Is it permissible to abort some of the fetuses so that the others stand a reasonable chance of living?

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?

Doctor Knows Best?

Does Judaism grant patient autonomy in medical decision-making?

The Terri Schiavo Case: Related Ethical Dilemmas

Jewish perspectives on living wills and issues regarding nutrition and hydration in the terminally ill patient.

The Tragedy of Million Dollar Baby

The Academy Award-winning film forces us to assess the value of life amidst a shattered dream.

SARS and Self-Endangerment to Save Others

To what extent must physicians risk their own lives to treat their patients?

The Ethics of Smallpox Immunization

A Jewish perspective on the controversial issues surrounding immunization.

Rationing Health Care

How should society balance long-term medical research, versus more immediate needs?

Why Jewish Medical Ethics

An introduction to the system of Jewish Law.

The Death of Terri Schiavo: An Epilogue

Blurring the line between life and death, and between medical data and morality, her death signifies a disturbing turning point for American society.

The Ethics of Genetic Screening

A Jewish perspective on issues related to screening for Tay-Sachs disease.

Goodbye, Seri

People ask me how a life that ends at the age of six can possibly have meaning. Now I have an answer.

The Mandate to Heal

What is the role of a physician in Jewish law?

Is Managed Care Unethical?

There are a variety of potentially problematic concepts that come into play when evaluating managed care according to Jewish values.

Professional Confidentiality in Jewish Law

When a patient has a medical condition that will endanger others, should the doctor tell?

Taking a Risk

Should you be skydiving for fun? Working as a bodyguard for a living? Judaism has a system to evaluate such risks.

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