Podcast by Yeshivat Chovevei Torah
Podcast by Yeshivat Chovevei Torah
Episode 51: Non-Jews III - Saying No to Interfaith Efforts
The reforms introduced by Vatican II brought new opportunities for the Orthodox Jewish community to engage in interfaith councils and dialogue with Christians. While some welcomed these opportunities to bridge the gaps among religious communities, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein believed strongly that these threatened the once-firm boundaries around observant Judaism. He felt that resisting these councils was so critically important that he enlisted the help of Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik in decrying these councils. Learn more in our newest episode of Iggros Moshe A to Z with host Rabbi Dov Linzer.
Episode 50: Non-Jews II - Drawing Boundaries
What type of boundaries must be drawn between Jews and non-Jews? In a series of teshuvot, Rav Moshe lays out an approach that would protect non-Jewish incursion into Jewish territory and vice-versa. Listen in to see how he applies this to the questions of whether a non-Jew can do mitzvoth, whether Jews can learn or teach about ancient pagan religions, and even whether a non-Jew can host a parlor meeting in his home to raise money for a yeshiva. All of this and more on our latest episode of Iggros Moshe A to Z, with host Rabbi Dove Linzer.
Episode 49: Non-Jews I – Prayer in Public Schools
In 1962, the Supreme Court ruled that prayer in public schools was a violation of the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. Many religious groups, including segments of the Orthodox community, responded by fighting for a constitutional amendment that would permit such prayer to be said. What was Rav Moshe’s view of school prayer and what his response to this political battle from a halakhic and policy perspective? And how did his approach differ from that of the Lubavitcher Rebbe? Find out in the latest episode of Iggros Moshe A to Z with host Rabbi Dov Linzer.
Episode 48: Medical Ethics III – Triage & Priority of Care
In this third and final episode on medical ethics, Rabbi Dov Linzer explores Rav Feinstein’s rulings on the halakhic ethos that should guide medical professionals in matters of triage and priority of care. Should we operate on the principle that all life is of equal and infinite value, or should we prioritize medical treatment based on the status, sex, or religion of the patient? Hear how Rav Moshe deals with some challenging texts and how his final rulings on this topic Influenced later poskim. Listen now.
Episode 47: Medical Ethics II - Autonomy and End of Life Decisions
If a person is dying of a terminal illness and is suffering, must a doctor intervene to extend the life for a short time or can the person be allowed to die? And what is the role of patient choice in such a case? Rabbi Moshe Feinstein comes down strongly on the side of allowing a death to take place, and yet at other times he prioritizes the principle of saving a life. Find out more in our latest episode of Iggros Moshe A to Z, now live.
Episode 46: Medical Ethics I - Patient Autonomy and the Right to Choose or Refuse Risky Procedures
Jewish tradition holds that we have a mandate to preserve life, and that we do not have ownership over our bodies. But when a patient must choose whether to undergo a risky procedure that may extend but may foreshorten life, how is she to choose? Find out how Rav Moshe addressed these cases and in so doing opened up a space for patient autonomy within halakha, on our newest episode of Iggros Moshe A to Z, now live: