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Torah Talk for Parashat Vayetzei

November 20, 2017 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Yaakov flees to his uncle Lavan’s household and lives there for several years, marrying Lavan’s daughters, Leah and Rachel, and establishing a large family.

One of the challenges of living in the modern era is grappling with ethical questions and challenges generated by new technologies. One area of particular concern is medical ethics. Where can we, as Jews, find guidance on such things as genetic engineering, which includes cloning, stem cell research, and gender selection? Why, from the Torah, of course!

In this week’s parasha we encounter two cases of genetic engineering, one in the text itself, and one in the later midrash. Read more >