About Us

History

The Dr. Falk Schlesinger Institute for Medical-Halachic Research was founded in 1966 under the auspices of Shaare Zedek, imbuing our professional pursuits with the spirit of Torah. This was the philosophy of the hospital’s second director-general, after whom the Institute is named, and it remains the Institute’s guiding principle.

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Jewish Medical Ethics

In contrast to general medical ethics, Jewish Medical Ethics, is based on halachic principles which generally provide clearer and more practical answers to the difficult ethical conflicts in medical practice. Jewish medical ethics in the sense of applying normative Jewish law and philosophy to practical medical issues is characterized and distinguished from general medical ethics in, at least, three spheres: Range, Underlying Principles and Methods of Analysis.

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Educational Initiatives

In effort to achieve our primary goal of educating the public in the fields of medical ethics and halacha we run several educational initiatives, such as the "Medicine & Halacha Seminar for Morei Tzedek", the annual "International Summer Program for Medical Ethics & Halacha" and "Winter Seminar for Medical Ethics & Halacha".

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Research and Publications

As part of the Schlesinger Institute's dedication to the advancement of medico-halachic research we have immersed in the publication of our findings. We believe that providing a quality forum for works of value in the field and making the research as accessible as possible are essential steps in the path to resolving medical-halachic issues and educating the public to these ends.

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