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Journey To a Decision:
The Stem Cell Debate

Recorded November 2001

Mark Washofsky and Elliot Dorff

This is an archive of a mini-course that took place in November of 2001 with Mark Washofsky and Elliot Dorff. The archive consists of three 1-hour presentations based on classical texts and a responsum by both of our presenters. The exact presentation titles are listed below.

There are also a set of relevant sources for you to download, and a collection of background materials on Stem Cells including articles and a video lecture on Stem Cells. Once you register, study materials will be available for downloading from this website - including articles, handouts, and/or texts.

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Journey to a Decision: The Stem Cell Debate
Mark Washofsky and Elliot Dorff

Session Title Scholar
1. A Survey of the Halakhic Literature Mark Washofsky
2. The Rabbinic Process: Making Sense of
What's There and What's Missing
Mark Washofsky
3. From the Particular to the Universal:
Comparisons, Methodology,
Outcome, and Consequences
Elliot Dorff

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Mark E. Washofsky
Mark is Associate Professor of Rabbinics at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, where he was ordained in 1980 and earned a Ph.D. in 1987. He specializes in the literature of the Talmud and Jewish law. Mark is the chair of the CCAR Responsa Committee and his recent publication, Jewish Living, (URJ Press, 2000) reflects his work with this team. Mark collaborated on Teshuvot for the Nineties (CCAR Press, 1997) with W. Gunther Plaut.


Elliot Dorff
Elliot is the Sol & Anne Dorff Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles. He received ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America and has a Ph.D. from Columbia University. As a leading bioethicist in the Conservative Movement, Elliot wrote Matters of Life and Death (Jewish Publication Society, 1998) and served as a member of Hillary Rodham Clinton's 1993 task force on health care.

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