Institute has taken the responsibility of furthering all of its goals and
activities on a yet larger scale. Thus our plans for the near future include:
1. Establishment of
a Bet Midrash of Halachic Masters
This will be a formal
study and meeting place for senior Jewish scholars, under the supervision of a
Rabbinical committee including the renowned Rabbis Ezriel Auerbach and Asher
2. Publication of
reviews on the following topics:
- Organ transplants
and extending life;
toward nonobservant Jews;
status of International Law in Jewish Law.
3. Lecture Series on
Torat HaAdam–This fundamental work on the treatment of the
ill and the deceased will be used to advance the approach of studying
these subjects from their initial sources in order to uncover basic
principles that can then be applied to questions in modern-day life.
Halachic Perspective –
critiques on all contemporary halachic articles that present new ideas.
4. Publication of
texts and reviews on the above topics.
Public Policy Studies Department
1. To conduct a major
research project, of vital importance, reappraising the Torah-Community’s
general policies In relation to the contemporary Jewish world.
2. To Hold a Conference
of Torah Thinkers to discuss the legacy of the late ultra-orthodox
spiritual leader, Hagaon Harav Elazar Menachem Man Shach, regarding Torah
policies, attitudes and approaches to the wider Jewish world.
3. To Conduct
comprehensive research regarding Fundamental Solutions to the Dangers of
4. Establishment of a
of Torah Thought on Contemporary Issues.
1. Continuation of seminars to
study issues related to Organ Transplants and Life-Prolonging Procedures,
bringing together leading halachists with policy-makers of the Israeli
medical establishment. The first of
these has taken place on 18.06.2003, at Tel-Aviv’s Ichilov Medical Center.
2. Conference on the subject of Torah
Approaches to Inter-Communal Dialogue. When the dialogue between religious and nonreligious
Jews – a must in itself - is held without proper Torah guidelines it is bound
to run into obstacles due to situations where it is seen to create more harm
than good. To remedy the situation, the Institute is working to establish
effective guidelines for Haredi dialogue efforts by organizing a
conference on the topic, with the blessing of prominent Torah sage, Harav Yosef
Shalom Elyashiv. At the conference, leading rabbis will address appropriate and
inappropriate methods for conducting dialogue between religious and
nonreligious Jews, and Haredi dialogists will exchange insights and
experiences. It is expected that this conference will pave the way for more
efficient and productive dialogue.
The Institute plans to
establish and operate a specialized reference library for the use of members of
the Institute as well as the general public.
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