BooknewsThe AIDS epidemic has elicited sometimes conflicting Jewish theological, ethical, and halackhic responses regarding morality, compulsory testing and treatment, and ritual circumcision. Compiled here are 12 major texts, 1986-1995, and the resolutions on AIDS of two US Jewish organizations. Some bibliographic references are in untranslated Hebrew. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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I ordered this book as a resource for a research paper on HIV/AIDS and Judaism. I was appalled and disgusted by what I found. Although the author did include the Conservative and Reform factual and published agendas at the end of the book, everything else was an extremely one-sided Halakhic viewpoint that the author presents as the fundamental responses from all Jewish scholars and denominations. Each contributor focuses on the evils of homosexuality and used past medical information in their reasoning- information from the early 1980's that we now know is inaccurate. The book dismisses Judaism's basic concepts of caring for the sick, kindness towards all people, and repairing the world, that in fact show why HIV/AIDS is significant in Judaism and why Jews should actually have the exact opposite approach from what the authors wrote in this book. It dismays me that this was the only book I could find on HIV/AIDS and Judaism because I fear that readers will consider this Judaism's true response to the HIV/AIDS crisis. As a Jewish person, HIV/AIDS activist, and a student who has done extensive research in both fields, I can say confidently that it is not. I urge readers to keep this in mind before buying this book.