In an ever increasingly global world what are the individual requirements and
obligations of each Jew in regards to the preservation of Public Health? In this course
we will look at how Halacha guides and obligates us to take steps as individuals that
when taken together help to enact protections for all. We will look in detail at the
way in which communal responsibility brushes up against personal choice and what
incentives are appropriate in ensuring compliance with such measures. We will also
look at the reverse relationship and what obligations the community has to increase
public health and in what manner. This course will also look at exploitative
relationships and the Halakhic guidelines therein in regards to creating communal
benefits under questionable or inappropriate means.
The goals of this course are to establish a basic framework of both secular and
Jewish bioethics that can be applied in the field. Additionally, this course will focus
on the ability to break down both classical Jewish texts as well as contemporary
articles and secular case law to understand the ramifications of the questions that are
commonly faced by the Halakha Observant public.