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New York - Yeshiva University Establishes Advisory Program To Address End-of-Life Issues

Published on: November 13, 2012 10:23 PM
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New York - Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and Calvary Hospital have teamed up to address the needs of observant Jews who are confronted with end-of-life issues and require religious guidance. To that end, Yeshiva University has established the YU/RIETS End-of-Life Halachic Advisory Program.

According to a press release provided by YU, a rabbinical panel consisting of Rabbi Herschel Schachter, Rabbi Yaakov Neuberger, Rabbi Mordechai Willig, and Rabbi Moshe Tendler – all of whom have dealt extensively with end-of-life halachic matters – will be available on a rotating basis to act as pre-hospice advisors and to answer questions from patients’ family members or rabbis following a medical determination that hospice care is warranted.

A panel of physicians affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University will also consult with the rabbinical panel about clinical issues pertaining to the terminally ill. Dr. Edward Burns, Dr. Seymour Huberfeld, Dr. Beth Popp, Dr. Edward Reichman, and Dr. Robert Sidlow have been selected to serve on the panel.

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“There is a pressing need in the Orthodox community for accurate and thorough information on the conditions under which end-of-life care should be provided,” said Dr. Edward Burns, the executive dean of Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Observant patients admitted to Calvary’s home hospice care facility can expect treatment “in accordance with their faith traditions.” This includes pastoral care with two staff rabbis from RIETS; end-of-life counseling in keeping with Jewish tradition; kosher meals and cholov yisroel dairy items upon request; a kosher food pantry with two microwaves, a refrigerator and sink; a shabbos lounge; and the observance of shabbos and all major Jewish holidays. There is also an eruv in the Einstein and Pelham Parkway communities.

The YU/RIETS End-of-Life Halachic Advisory Program is accessible to any observant Jew seeking counsel about end-of-life affairs regardless of which hospice care facility they choose. More information about the Program can be obtained online at http://yu.edu/riets/end-of-life-care.


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 Nov 13, 2012 at 10:32 PM long island bubby Says:

Years ago my mother was in Calvary hospice for end of life care. It is truly the finest hospice I ever heard of. My mothers' care was under strict halachic guidelines and the hospice was totally amenable to any and all directives from our Rav. The family support, the care and concern for the patient's comfort was unsurpassed. For the first time in my life, I gave a donation to a catholic institution. From personal experience, I can truly recommend Calvary Hospital.

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 Nov 13, 2012 at 11:15 PM bored Says:

rabbi tendler is playing doctor after doctoring his father in laws psokim. he has been quoted publicly claiming end of life laws in the name of reb moshe when there are tshuvos and reb moshe's sons stating explicitly not like his claims.

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 Nov 13, 2012 at 11:28 PM UseYourHead Says:

We need more news stories like this one.

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 Nov 13, 2012 at 11:58 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
bored Says:

rabbi tendler is playing doctor after doctoring his father in laws psokim. he has been quoted publicly claiming end of life laws in the name of reb moshe when there are tshuvos and reb moshe's sons stating explicitly not like his claims.

How dare you slander Rav Tendler, shlita. While Reb Moshe certainly had some views on the subject, he had nowhere near the expertise on medical and bioethical issues as his son-law. Were he alive today, he would clearly defer to Rav Tendler on these types of questions.

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 12:05 AM Sol Says:

I was in Calvary a few days ago to visit someone that is there nebech for end of life care. I must say, the staff are true angels one by one. The patient I visited is truly calm and extremely happy with the care. I met the liaison Rabbi Rothenberg from Washington Heights, a true mench!! Calvary keep it up!!

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 01:06 AM Chaim Says:

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Anonymous Says:

How dare you slander Rav Tendler, shlita. While Reb Moshe certainly had some views on the subject, he had nowhere near the expertise on medical and bioethical issues as his son-law. Were he alive today, he would clearly defer to Rav Tendler on these types of questions.

From your writhing, it sound like you thing you are as smart as Reb Moshe, you thing you are as great as Reb Moshe, you thing you are on his level!

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 07:09 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

How dare you slander Rav Tendler, shlita. While Reb Moshe certainly had some views on the subject, he had nowhere near the expertise on medical and bioethical issues as his son-law. Were he alive today, he would clearly defer to Rav Tendler on these types of questions.

How dare you besmirch R Moshe Feinstein zt"l this way?

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 07:26 AM Robby Berman Says:

I asked Rabbi Dovid Feinstein, Rav Moshe's son, what his father's position was about organ donation (including donating a beating heart). Video here: http://www.hods.org/english/h-issues/YouTube_video pages/RabbiDovidFeinstein.asp

EXCERPT OF TRANSCRIPTION OF VIDEO
Rabbi Dovid Feinstein: My father’s position was very simply that the stopping of breathing is—the point of—that’s death. It doesn’t matter if the heart is functioning or it doesn’t function. As long as he stops breathing he’s considered dead. That’s the way he explained the Gemara in Yoma, that’s the way he said they always did in Europe when the Chevra Kadisha would test if a person is dead or not. He always used to test his breathing and nothing else.

Rabbi Dovid Feinstein: The original dispute... there were people disputed to Rabbi Tendler’s opinion that brain death is stopping of breathing. That’s all. And if he’s 100% right, no one’s going to argue with him.

Interviewer: So… so, you’re saying, in your opinion, if we could—if it’s proven medically, what Rabbi Tendler’s saying, that that would definitely be Rav Moshe’s opinion.

Rabbi Dovid Feinstein: Right, a hundred percent.

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 07:55 AM chaim Says:

why don't Jews set up more hospices instead of having to rely on others?

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 08:37 AM qazxc Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

How dare you slander Rav Tendler, shlita. While Reb Moshe certainly had some views on the subject, he had nowhere near the expertise on medical and bioethical issues as his son-law. Were he alive today, he would clearly defer to Rav Tendler on these types of questions.

Being that Reb Moshe a"h didn't defer to his son in law when he was alive, what in heaven's name makes you think he would do so today???

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 09:09 AM bored Says:

Reply to #8  
Robby Berman Says:

I asked Rabbi Dovid Feinstein, Rav Moshe's son, what his father's position was about organ donation (including donating a beating heart). Video here: http://www.hods.org/english/h-issues/YouTube_video pages/RabbiDovidFeinstein.asp

EXCERPT OF TRANSCRIPTION OF VIDEO
Rabbi Dovid Feinstein: My father’s position was very simply that the stopping of breathing is—the point of—that’s death. It doesn’t matter if the heart is functioning or it doesn’t function. As long as he stops breathing he’s considered dead. That’s the way he explained the Gemara in Yoma, that’s the way he said they always did in Europe when the Chevra Kadisha would test if a person is dead or not. He always used to test his breathing and nothing else.

Rabbi Dovid Feinstein: The original dispute... there were people disputed to Rabbi Tendler’s opinion that brain death is stopping of breathing. That’s all. And if he’s 100% right, no one’s going to argue with him.

Interviewer: So… so, you’re saying, in your opinion, if we could—if it’s proven medically, what Rabbi Tendler’s saying, that that would definitely be Rav Moshe’s opinion.

Rabbi Dovid Feinstein: Right, a hundred percent.

undisputed. lets not forget all the 'if's in those words & that until proven 100% we must follow the written words in the igros not like they have been misquoted by rabbi tendler.
btw i like your post, just the facts, no opinion. i have no idea which way you are leaning! you can work for my news agency anytime.

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 09:27 AM ALTERG Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

How dare you slander Rav Tendler, shlita. While Reb Moshe certainly had some views on the subject, he had nowhere near the expertise on medical and bioethical issues as his son-law. Were he alive today, he would clearly defer to Rav Tendler on these types of questions.

Dr' tandler is not believe even one word, he went on har habeiyis where its kuras, he's fighting against mtziza bp"a, he sould be ashamed

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 12:10 PM Berele Says:

the aguda is doing this for years, they have a group of rabonim, Dr, attorneys who tackle end of life issues according to halacha, they arranged a hospice service via MJHS you can look it all up at www.chayimaruchim.com

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 01:57 PM FredE Says:

Concerning brain death and R' Moshe: R'Moshe died in 1985. He was just starting to address these issues. There are indications from the little we have that he would
have supported the concept, as Rav Tendler advocates. But it really is not 100% clear either way. (E.g. R' Moshe talked about the criteria for death being someone
who cannot breathe "on his own", possibly implying that someone who
was only breathing because of a machine wouldnt really be "alive",
but he never actually *said* that).

That being said, R Tendler is certainly entitled to his opinion. I dont know why he should get such disrespect. Ah, perhaps because he's associated with YU... Now I understand...

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 02:16 PM Shtarker Says:

Reply to #8  
Robby Berman Says:

I asked Rabbi Dovid Feinstein, Rav Moshe's son, what his father's position was about organ donation (including donating a beating heart). Video here: http://www.hods.org/english/h-issues/YouTube_video pages/RabbiDovidFeinstein.asp

EXCERPT OF TRANSCRIPTION OF VIDEO
Rabbi Dovid Feinstein: My father’s position was very simply that the stopping of breathing is—the point of—that’s death. It doesn’t matter if the heart is functioning or it doesn’t function. As long as he stops breathing he’s considered dead. That’s the way he explained the Gemara in Yoma, that’s the way he said they always did in Europe when the Chevra Kadisha would test if a person is dead or not. He always used to test his breathing and nothing else.

Rabbi Dovid Feinstein: The original dispute... there were people disputed to Rabbi Tendler’s opinion that brain death is stopping of breathing. That’s all. And if he’s 100% right, no one’s going to argue with him.

Interviewer: So… so, you’re saying, in your opinion, if we could—if it’s proven medically, what Rabbi Tendler’s saying, that that would definitely be Rav Moshe’s opinion.

Rabbi Dovid Feinstein: Right, a hundred percent.

The arguments against organ donation are mostly about whose rebbe is more frum. Meanwhile, Jews and non-Jews are losing their second chance for life. I'm proud to be a member of the Halachic Organ Donor Society that so many rabbonim in E"Y and H"L have joined, and I urge V-I-N readers to consider doing the same.

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 05:02 PM Robby Berman Says:

I'm not sure how a rabbinic advisory panel works. Of YU's 4 members, 3 object to organ donation from a brain-stem dead patient and one supports it. Will they give different opinions to a family or one opinion reached at by a vote. Does anyone know?

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