The good news for practitioners, students, and Jews finding themselves in need of halakhic interpretation of biomedical questions is that the rabbis, over the centuries, spent a lot of time dealing with matters of life and death. Hence, there is abundant case law, as it were, to offer answers to today’s most complex biomedical questions.
The Jewish Law Association, as part of its mission, publishes a yearbook on specific topics on Jewish law. This volume, its 15th, covers such topics as cloning, bone marrow donation, and determining the time of death. Each chapter offers an introduction to the specific topic, then relies extensively on Talmudic precedent and responsa to complete the discussion.
Each chapter is well-written and heavily referenced. Due to its scholarly nature, the reader will probably not be able to finish the book in one sitting. The format of each chapter strikes a nice balance between readability and legalese. This volume will find its greatest utility for readers who need specific answers to a specific halakhic biomedical dilemma, and for that he or she will be greatly rewarded: There are excellent answers to modern biomedical questions provided by current experts who are fortunate to be able to stand on the shoulders of the great sages from past centuries.