Avoiding צרעת Like the Plague

Artscroll declares: For hundreds of years, the popular translation of צרעת [tzaraas] has been “leprosy,” and it was commonly accepted that prevention of the disease’s spread was the reason for the quarantine of a suspected victim of tzaraas and the exclusion from the camp of a confirmed מצורע [metzora], the person smitten with the malady. …

First, Do No Harm

I recently recorded a lecture, and published an article, on the Halachah of malpractice; as usual, both are available, along with my lecture notes, at the Internet Archive. The former covers both general malpractice as well as medical malpractice in particular, while the latter is limited to the latter; both focus primarily on the native …

Doctors, Medicine and Theology

We recently surveyed a number of classic Jewish perspectives on the issue of the propriety and efficacy of human endeavor in general. In this post, we shall consider a particular subtopic, the utilization of the services of physicians and medicine. The two major poles around which much of the subsequent discussion revolves are the famous …