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Rabbi Dr. David Shabtai

Rabbi David Shabtai, MD is a fellow of the Wexner Kollel Elyon at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS). He received his medical doctorate from NYU School of Medicine and rabbinic ordination from RIETS. Rabbi Dr. Shabtai teaches Jewish Medical Ethics at Yeshiva University and RIETS and lectures on various topics in Jewish law. He is particularly interested in the interface between science, medicine, and Jewish law. He has authored numerous articles on a wide range of topics published in The Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society, Hakirah, Assia, Journal of Jewish Medical Ethics, and Beit Yitzhak. He is also a contributor and editor of Verapo Yerape.


A “work of remarkable scientific and theological understanding” – Medical Ethics & Me.┬áRead full review Defining the Moment: Understanding Brain Death in Halakhah presents the halakhic approaches to understanding brain death. Modern halakhists are indeed split on whether brain death qualifies as death, with many rejecting the notion and others embracing it as meaningful. Answering […]

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