AIDS in Jewish Thought and Law

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Like any novel societal phenomenon, the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) pandemic forced Jewish thinkers - rabbis, physicians, philosophers, and others - to examine whether this scourge raises new issues or problems for Judaism. The present volume provides a fairly full picture of the responses AIDS has solicited within Judaism on the theological, ethical and halakhic planes. The volume consists of a comprehensive introduction by the editor, followed by almost all major texts bearing on AIDS and Judaism ...
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Overview

Like any novel societal phenomenon, the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) pandemic forced Jewish thinkers - rabbis, physicians, philosophers, and others - to examine whether this scourge raises new issues or problems for Judaism. The present volume provides a fairly full picture of the responses AIDS has solicited within Judaism on the theological, ethical and halakhic planes. The volume consists of a comprehensive introduction by the editor, followed by almost all major texts bearing on AIDS and Judaism published between 1986 and 1995 in the United States, United Kingdom and Israel.
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The 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881256109
  • Publisher: KTAV Publishing House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/30/1998
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Only a Moral Revolution Can Contain This Scourge 1
Memorandum on AIDS 7
Halachic Perspectives on AIDS 11
AIDS: A Traditional Response 23
AIDS: A Jewish View 39
AIDS: Jewish Perspectives 59
The Problem of AIDS in a Jewish Perspective 73
An Analysis of Some Social Issues Related to HIV Disease from the Perspective of Jewish Law and Values 93
Compulsory Testing and Treatment for AIDS 105
Brit Milah and the Specter of AIDS 113
Response to AIDS by the Jewish Community 135
Reform Responsa on AIDS
1 Jewish Reaction to Epidemics: AIDS (1985) 139
2 Responsibility of an AIDS Carrier (1988) 141
3 Responsibility of an AIDS Carrier: A Communication (1989) 144
4 Tahara and AIDS (1990) 146
5 Testing for HIV (1990) 147
Statements on AIDS by Jewish Organizations in the United States
Resolutions Passed by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism 159
Resolutions Passed by the Central Conference of American Rabbis 165
Index 169
Acknowledgments 173
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2002

    Homophobic and Out of Date

    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.

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