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Jewish Medical Ethics

  • Avraham Steinberg
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Part of the Bioethics Yearbook book series (BIYB, volume 1)

Abstract

Halakhah is the generic term for the whole legal system of Judaism, embracing all the laws, practices and observances of Judaism. Orthodox Jews consider the Halakhah, in its traditional form, to be absolutely binding. The source of Halakhah is divine revelation. To the basic corpus of Biblical law were added rabbinic enactments and decrees. The sources of authority in Halakhah are composed of different elements: a) the written law, a composition of 613 positive and negative commandments of Sinaitic origin, which are included in the books of the Pentateuch; b) the oral law, which includes the interpretation of the written law transmitted in its entirety with its details and minutiae at Sinai, as well as logical deductions, and also rabbinical decrees, customs, positive enactments, and negative enactments. A distinction exists between laws of Sinaitic origin, termed de-orayta, and laws of rabbinical source, termed derabbanan.

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Jewish Scholar Irreversible Cessation Shaare Zedek Medical Rabbinic Authority Jewish Ethic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Avraham Steinberg
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  1. 1.Hadassah Medical SchoolHebrew UniversityJerusalemIsrael

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