The most recent issue of TRADITION (Winter 2021) contains “A Halakhic Framework for Decision-Making in Acute Critical Illness” by Judah Goldberg. The article explores the array of complicated decision making in difficult, traumatic times, including end-of-life decision making. This framework will help guide the interactions between physicians, clergy, and the acutely ill patient and his or her family in what are always, even under the best cases, complex circumstances.
Rabbis Hershel Schachter and Mordechai Willig penned a “Rabbinic Postscript” which appears as an appendix to Goldberg’s proposal.
Rabbi Dr. Judah Goldberg practices emergency medicine at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, at Memorial Hospital West in Pembroke, FL, and is on the teaching faculty at Michlelet Mevaseret Yerusahalayim.