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PAGE 14 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS JANUARY volume' Jewis By Reuven Ben Dov, M.D. JERUSALEM, Israel-- Feldheim Publishers and Shaare Zedek Hospital have introduced the new 3-vol- ume English edition of the Encyclopedia of Jewish Medical Ethics, in a com- prehensive encyclopedic, systematic, orderly, and concise format. The Ency- clopedia is a compilation of Jewish medical law on all topics of medical interest. Professor Avraham Steinberg has produced this work, which is not only highly informative, but very easy to read and absorbing, often exciting, always inter- esting, and worthy of brows- ing during a spare moment. The Encyclopedia is about Jewish Medical Law, but as stated in the subtitle it also incorporates a com- parative analysis with other religions and secular ethi- cal concepts. Unlike any other reference book, the Medical contribution is con- siderable with detailed de- scriptions of the relevant anatomy and physiology, which would enhance any medical textbook. The sub- title relates to Jewish Medi- cal Law, which is not the same as ethics. Indeed, both themes are discussed throughout the three vol- umes wherever applicable. The Encyclopedia's sub- title: All Topics of Medical Interest is an apt descrip- tion, for there are 97 Chap- ters in the three volumes. Many of them discuss such traditional subjects as abortion, autopsy, contra- ception, and the moment of death. Naturally, the more modern topics such as AIDS, allocation of scarce resources, artificial insemination, disclosure of illness to patients, and hu- man cloning are also ex- amined. There are a few chapters where the reference to Jew- ish Medical Ethics is only minimal. These chapters in- clude those entitled sleep, left-handedness, ears, and embalming. They were in- cluded to give the reader a break from the main theme and are certainly fascinat- ing to read. Additionally, there are detailed appendi- ces on such topics as cre- ation and the theory of evo- lution, science and religion, brain death, and fundamen- tal principles of Jewish law in relation to technological advances Each chapter opens with its relevant Biblical and Tal- mudic sources. If the sub- ject is developed more in the legal area, many responsa from the earliest to modern times are in- cluded together with their references (more than 13,235 appear within the text). Unlike other encyclo- pedias, the author does not hesitate to inject his own personal opinion from time to time. Steinberg is not only a pediatric neurologist, a clinical assistant professor in medical ethics, and a gov- ernment advisor on many ethical issues, but is also the author of important pa- pers and works based on the responsa of Ray Shlomo Zalman Auerbach. His cre- dentials give him the privi- lege to carry on this impor- tant work. Most modern societies act with ambivalence, because of the practical difficulties of giving the elderly the honor they deserve. The problems .of the elderly are economic, medical, and so- cial. But the syndrome of "elderly abuse" is now rec- ognized in Western society, and appropriate laws have been enacted for their pro- tection. The Encyclopedia's in- dexes are extremely exten- sive and detailed. There are more than 60 pages of 11 different categories of in- dexes. For example, there are listings of sciences, medical specialities, reli- gions and cultures: such as Buddhism, Chinese, and Indian and such secular scholars as: Kant, Aristotle, and Leonardo de Vinci. Translators are usually unknown, but Dr. Fred Rosner is an obvious excep- tion. A professor of medi- cine and a hematologist, he is also a prolific writer on Jewish Medical Ethics and has translated many of Maimonide's books on medi- cal topics. He is well quali- fied to translate the original Hebrew version of this En- cyclopedia, which was origi- nally published in six vol- umes between 1988 and 1998. This first-time English edition has been signifi- cantly updated and con- densed. The Encyclopedia of Jew- ish Medical Ethics is a seri- ous and unique scholarship, tends its subject matter. ably enjoyable to cause of the content,! of writing, and graphics. Steinberg's a classic reference three volumes and is available from your bookseller. It belongs: ery medical law, s :hool, and home library. Dr. Ben Dov's I dedicate this review memory of Dr. Applebaum and his ter, Nava, who were lem caf bombing. He tahnud chacham a physician of repute, lecturer in Medical Ethics in this Encyclopedia. Feldheim PuL three volumes, 1191 $150. Settlers Continued from page 1 "We came to protest the plans of Ariel Sharon, who wants to evacuate Jews from their homes. These settle- ments are important histori- cally and for our security," said Yiska Wurtzman, a 40-year- old math teacher from the settlement of Maon, near Hebron. She came to the rally with her seven children, ages 3to 18. Haydee's Kitchen Catering Kosher & Non-Kosher Telefax 407-344-0270 Cellular 407-301-0127 email Winter Park Farmers Market Saturdays 7 to ! Repairs on All Makes and Models Refrigerators Washers Freezers Dryers Ice Makers Dishwashers Ranges Disposals Ovens Water Heaters Microwaves (407) 78892590 I FREE SERVICE CALL1 ~ ~ WHEN YOU MENTION THIS AD Young mothers pushed strollers, their husbands walk- ing nearby, many of them with guns slung across their backs. Packs of young boys dashed across the square wrapped in Israeli flags. Many of the young people sported the sticker, "Kahane was right'---a refer- ence to the slain ultranation- alist rabbi, Meir Kahane, who advocated transfer of the Pal- estinians to Arab countries. King "---u- Continued from page 1 ' Ne came here so they won't evacuate settlements. It's our home, it's our country," said Batya Siegen, 15, from one of the largest Jewish cries in the West Bank, Ma'aleh Adumim, a suburb of Jerusalem. Many Tel Aviv residents hurried past the rally, a sign of the disconnect between the rallying settlers and the resi- dents of Israel's largest metro- politan area. But Yechiam Baruchi, an accountant who lives in the city, said he had come to sup- port the demonstrators. "I'm here to identify with the protest against dismantling the settlements in the Land of Israel because I think if we fold, it will be considered a victory to terror- ism. The settlers are safeguard- ing peace," he said. "If we return to the borders of 1967, we won't have a chance of survival." about Dr. King's mission of civil rights and its importance to the development of our country. The Community Relations Committee is the public policy, community relations and advocacy arm of the Jew- ish Federation of Greater Or- lando. The committee col- laborates with groups and leaders in Jewish and gen- eral communities to address critical domestic and inter- national issues. CRC also pro- motes an environment of mutual respect within the Orlando community, bol- sters support for Israel and fosters informed civic par- ticipation. For more information about Population Continued from page 1 resident, is building a home in Horizon's West. "The county is planning on 50,000 residents eventually living in Horizon's West, and some of those residents will be Jew- ish," she said. "The South has perhaps the fastest grow- ing Jewish population in Cen- tral Florida. The need for a Jewish Community Campus to serve nearly 3,000 fami- lies is enormous and grow- ing each year." "This project is unifying the South's various congre- ,ations and those who are unaffiliated with any syna- gogue or temple," she added. "A new JCC will be a magnet for further growth of the South Jewish population, which will potentially in- crease the size of the South's congregations." Closing his speech crowd, Eitam told ,q build it, love it, and With the help be victorious," he said. The crowd roared proval. JTA Baron in to this report. or the Community Committee of Federation, tact Lisa Goldstein, of Community Jewish Federation Orlando, 225. To volunteer on one dozen South Campus ing Drive Committees, R.S.V.P call the Headquarters on St Hiawassee Road at 1998, or info@BuildS ;rom 9'ersia to fiami A Journey for Survival Throush April 11. 2004 .k JEWISH MUSEUM oF FLOmDA 301 Washington Avenue ~.o~ Miami Beach, i=L 33 ! 39-6965 305-672-5044 fax 305-672-5933 Museum Hours: Tuesdays-Sundays, 10am-5pm Closed Jewish Holidays ~'u.~Lp~.~ ~. ~ ./ HSBCRepublic4X} The Jewish Museum of Florida is supported by individual contributions. memberships, and grants from the State of Florida. Department of State. Division of Historical Resources; the Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners and its Cultural Affairs Council and Tourist Development Council: and the City of Miami Beach and its Cultural Arts Council. This exhibit is sponsored by HSBC Republic. American Express. the Zargar-Samimy Family and the Funding Arts Network. ADL Continued from page 2 mainstream media, allega- tions of a Jewish influencewere blamed for the invasion oflraq. Israeli Peace Process/ "Road Map" Hundreds of innocent Is- raeli civilians were killed or injured as Falestinian terror- ists and suicide bomber at- tacks continued. In March, the Quartet (United States, Rus- sia, European Union and United Nations) presented a Road Map for Israeli-Palestin- ian peace after the appoint- ment of Palestinian Prime Minister MahmoudAbbas. The Road Map stalled after the fre- quency of Palestinian suicide attacks escalated and Abbas' resignation, To protect civilians from suicide attacks and to prevent the unending onslaught of ter- rorists, Israel began construc- tion of a fence to serve as a security barrier with the Pal- estinian territories. U.N. Anti-Israel Bias The United Nations contin- ued to hold Israel to a double standard by rejecting motions and resolutions in support of Israel. The Third Committee of the General Assembly re- jected a resolution guarantee- ing Israeli children the right to live without the threat of terrorism, when an almost identically worded document was overwhelmingly sup- ported when it guaranteed the same rights to Palestinian chil- dren. The U.N. has universally condemned Israel's construc- tion of the security fence, and Israel's treatment of the Pales- tinians with hardly a whisper of condemnation of Palestin- ian terror. In another example of UN bias, a resolution on re- ligious intolerance omitted any mention of anti-Semitism and a motion to add anti-Semitism to the resolution failed due to lack of support. Church/state separation The federal prohibition on state endorsement of religion faced several challenges over the year. Alabama's Chief Jus- tice, Roy Moore, was removed from the bench after he a monument of the mandments from the of the State Judicial A judge school voucher vouchers have been tious issue in the state debate by allowing payer money to be schools that teach reli part of their curriculum. [ress, the basedl tive order, allowing monies to go to groups. Giving federal ing to faith-based tions will allow for money to fund or that are able to based on religion. The League, founded in the world's leadin tion fighting through programs andt vices that counteract prejudice, and bigotry.