Like the question asks, I have recently been intrigued by the topic of Medical Halacha and am looking around for some of the major poskim on the issue, be that early or recent. I know Rav Moshe Feinstien Z"tl answered many shailos regarding this topic but I am looking to know about other poskim as well.

Thank you in advance.

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    the Tzitz Eliezer was world renowned for this
    – sam
    Aug 15, 2016 at 3:27
  • Agree, Tzitz Eliezer (as the posek for Shaarei Tzedek hospital). Also, the Nishmas Avraham, based on conversations with R' Shlomo Zalman Auerbach.
    – Shalom
    Aug 15, 2016 at 5:42
  • @Shalom I'm fairly certain he was not the Poseik of the ST hospital. He just Davened in a Shul near there and they asked him lots of questions.
    – Double AA
    Aug 15, 2016 at 15:19
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    @user6591 I'm looking for a list of written works. They don't have to be necessarily living Aug 15, 2016 at 22:32
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    @PloniAlmoni You should edit your question to clarify things that people are unsure about, not just explain in comments. Comments can be deleted at any time.
    – Double AA
    Aug 16, 2016 at 15:16

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Rabbi Avraham S. Avraham has written a few popular books including Nishmat Avraham on Medical Halacha that have been translated into English, too. He was very close with Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach as well as Rabbi Eliezer Waldenberg (the Tzitz Eliezer) whom some of his Teshuvos are addressed to. The English books are available at http://www.artscroll.com/Categories/NIA.html and the Hebrew text is available online at http://hebrewbooks.org/51473

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    +1 I'll just add that this work was written amazingly well (imho). The explanation of the medical subject and the halachik opinions never overshadow each other in any way. I especially appreciated his lengthily discussion about end of life issues.
    – user6591
    Aug 15, 2016 at 20:31
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    This book is a very good source, written by a MD and TCh,
    – kouty
    Aug 16, 2016 at 3:56

Practical Medical Halacha by Fred Rosner, Association of Orthodox Jewish Scientists

Dr. Rosner has written extensively on the subject of medical halacha and is considered a very good source. You can find other sources for his writings and shiurim using google.

Additionally there is a site which has a number of links to Medical Ethics and halacha which would seem to be of interest.

  • Dr. Rosner studied with Rav Moshe Feinstein, by the way.
    – Shalom
    Aug 15, 2016 at 18:57

Along with Nishmat Avraham that Zvi mentioned, there is also the Encyclopedia of Jewish Medical Ethics by Avraham Steinberg. https://www.amazon.com/Encyclopedia-Jewish-Medical-Avraham-Steinberg/dp/1583305920


Rabbi Dr. Akiva Tatz. He's contemporary (alive), brilliant and accessible.

  • The OP asked for "some of the major poskim on the issue". While this is a subjective term, I think it is debatable whether R. Tatz qualifies. I am under the impression that he is more an assembler of opinion on a given topic, than a major posek in his own right.
    – mevaqesh
    Sep 4, 2016 at 5:42
  • Like you said - it's subjective. When it comes to Medical Halacha he's on the ball. I'm not sure if he's assembling opinion but even that requires alot of knowledge. The "major poskim" turn to him for these issues. For what Ploni wants, Akiva Tatz will be just fine.
    – Mark A.
    Sep 4, 2016 at 5:49
  • Forgive me for asking, but which poskim of the caliber of R. Moshe Feinstein (mentioned by the OP as an example), or even in his ballpark turn to him?
    – mevaqesh
    Sep 4, 2016 at 5:51

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