Moshe David Tendler

Rabbi Dr. Moshe David (Dovid) Tendler is the rabbi of The Community Synagogue of Monsey. He is a senior Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University's RIETS and the Rabbi Isaac and Bella Tendler Professor of Jewish Medical Ethics and Professor of Biology at Yeshiva College. He has a Ph.D. in Microbiology and is one of the world's leading experts on Halacha (Jewish law) and Jewish medical ethics.

Rabbi Tendler is the son-in-law of Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, who was a world renowned posek, i.e., an author of many respected decisions of Jewish law and practice. Rabbi Tendler's wife, Rebetzin Shifra Tendler, passed away in October 2007.

Due to his prominence within the Orthodox world, Rabbi Tendler speaks on a wide range of issues. In regards to Middle East affairs, for instance, he has denounced the Palestinian political leadership.[1] In 1995, he opposed the Israel-Palestinian peace process, drawing upon a contested reading of Jewish law.[2]

Education

Rabbi Dr. Tendler received his B.A. degree from New York University (NYU) in 1947, and a Master’s degree there in 1950. He was ordained at RIETS in 1949, and following that, earned a Ph.D. in biology from Columbia University in 1957.

Medical ethics

Rabbi Tendler is one of the leading experts on medical ethics as it pertains to Jewish law, and is the chairman of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) Bioethical Commission, and chair of the Medical Ethics Task Force, UJA-Federation of Greater New York. He has written extensively in the field, including works on euthanasia, infertility, end of life issues, organ donation, and brit milah ("Jewish circumcision"). He has worked strenuously to explicate and defend his father-in-law's positions on various topics, including end-of-life treatment. On brain death, Rabbi Tendler represents one side of a controversy that has split the RCA and Orthodox Judaism in general.[1] Rabbi Tendler also has been an outspoken critic of metzitzah b’peh, oral suction of blood for circumcision and, reportedly, his house was vandalized by ultra-Orthodox supporters of this now controversial practice.[3] Serving on an RCA panel on stem cell research, Tendler strongly criticized the Bush administration's position.[4]

In writing his responsa, R. Moshe Feinstein was advised by R. Tendler and assisted by his son, Rabbi Mordecai Tendler and nephew Rabbi Shabtai Rappaport.

Selected articles by Rabbi Dr. Tendler

Books

  • Moshe Dovid Tendler. Pardes Rimonim: A Marriage Manual for the Jewish Family. KTAV, 1988. ISBN 0-88125-144-5.
  • Dr Fred Rosner, Rabbi M.D. Tendler. Practical Medical Halachah. Jason Aronson, 1997. ISBN 0-7657-9990-1.
  • Responsa of Rav Moshe Feinstein: Translation and Commentary KTAV , 1996. ISBN 0881254444

References

1. ^ Tendler, 1996. See also Breitowitz, [5]

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