Jewish medical ethicist and Rabbi Moshe Tendler of Monsey
MONSEY – Rabbi Moshe (Moses) Dovid Tendler, a world leader in Jewish medical ethics and professor at Yeshiva University, has passed away. The Monsey resident and founding rabbi of the Monsey Community Synagogue was 95 years old.
Tendler was Rosh Yeshiva – or dean – of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University and professor of biology and professor of Jewish medical ethics at Yeshiva College Rabbi Isaac and Bella Tendler. He holds degrees from New York University and a doctorate in microbiology from Columbia University.
As a renowned scientist, beloved community leader and eminent rabbinical decision-maker, Rabbi Dr. Moshe Tendler embodied the Torah values of our community and successfully lived a life of deep learning, engagement. towards others and spiritual authenticity ”, Dr. Ari, President of Yeshiva University. Berman said Thursday. “The Jewish community and society at large have been uplifted by his leadership, and his absence is a loss for all of us. “
Tendler has written extensively on medical ethics in Jewish law. His work had important and life-saving daily applications.
A strong supporter of organ donation, Tendler developed key criteria under Jewish death and transplantation law.
Tendler had supported the vaccinations. “It has nothing to do with religion, it has to do with ignorance,” he said in a 2015 interview with The Journal News / lohud as concern spread during a measles epidemic.
Tendler also spoke out against the practice of Metzizah bi peh, an ancient ritual still used by some members of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. The oral suction procedure during circumcision which had been linked to fatal cases of herpes in infants. The ritual, he said, was not a mandate of Jewish law, which “recognized that there has been an increase in knowledge of hygiene and medical advancements over the centuries.”
Tendler was also a past president of the Association of Orthodox Jewish Scientists and chairman of the Bioethics Commission of the Rabbinical Council of America and the UJA-Federation of Greater New York Medical Ethics Task Force.
Decades ago, as young Orthodox Jewish families joined his synagogue, Tendler and his stepfather, the late Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, a world-renowned authority on Jewish law, worked together to establish Rockland’s main eruv. , considered the largest in North America. An eruv is an inconspicuous perimeter attached to utility poles and fences that extends a boundary so that Jews can perform prohibited tasks outside the home on the Sabbath, such as carrying objects or pushing strollers.
Rabbi Tendler’s funeral was scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at the Monsey Community Synagogue, with interment to take place in Monsey Cemetery.
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