Judah David Bleich (born August 24, 1936 in Tarrytown, New York) is an authority on Jewish legislation and ethics, together with Jewish medical ethics. He is a professor of Talmud (rosh yeshiva) on the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, an affiliate of Yeshiva University, in addition to head of its postgraduate institute for the research of Talmudic jurisprudence and household legislation. At Yeshiva University, he holds the Herbert and Florence Tenzer Chair in Jewish Law and Ethics. He additionally teaches at Cardozo Law School. He is married to Dr. Judith Bleich, a historian of Nineteenth-century European Jewry.
Bleich has been the rabbi (Jewish non secular chief) of the Yorkville Synagogue, situated in Manhattan for over 45 years. He teaches Talmud courses on Shabbat. He additionally teaches Jewish halakhic or philosophical points in a program each different Sabbath. The subject normally is said to the subject material of the weekly Torah portion.
Bleich holds the place of rosh kollel for the Yadin Yadin Kollel (Institute for the Study of Jewish Monetary Law) in Yeshiva University. Additionally, he offers a Chullin/Yoreh Deah course (Jewish dietary legal guidelines) in RIETS, in addition to a number of programs in Jewish Philosophy in IBC.
Bleich is the writer of Contemporary Halakhic Problems (seven volumes); Bioethical Dilemmas: A Jewish Perspective (two volumes); Jewish Bioethics (a set of essays, which he co-edited with Fred Rosner); With Perfect Faith: Foundations of Jewish Belief; Time of Death in Jewish Law; Judaism and Healing; and The Philosophical Quest. He has written a e-book in regards to the blessing on the solar (Bircas Hachamah, up to date in 2009:
ISBN 978-0-89906-175-7). In Hebrew, he has printed Be-Netivot ha-Halakhah (4 volumes). His Ph.D. thesis is Providence within the late medieval Jewish philosophy (NYU, 1974). He has written extensively on the purposes of Jewish legislation to modern social points and on the interface of Jewish legislation and the American authorized system. He serves because the long-standing contributor of the survey of halakhic literature for Tradition: A Journal of Orthodox Jewish Thought.
Bleich was a detailed scholar of the late Rabbi Yaakov Kamenetsky.
Bleich is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, a postdoctoral fellow on the Hastings Center, and fellow of the Academy of Jewish Philosophy. He acquired rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva Torah Vodaath, and superior ordination (“Yadin Yadin“) from Rabbis Moshe Feinstein and Mendel Zaks.
Bleich is the older of two sons of Rabbi Manning H. Bleich and his spouse Beatrice. He attended public elementary faculty and acquired non-public tutoring on Jewish topics. Later, he studied in Yeshiva Torah Vodaath and Beis Medrash Elyon, underneath Rabbi Elya Chazan. From 1958–1962 he attended the Kollel in Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim of Radun. He acquired a bachelor’s diploma from Brooklyn College in 1960, a grasp’s diploma from Columbia University in 1968, and a PhD from New York University in 1974.
Bleich brings an Orthodox perspective to governmental deliberations on bioethics. For instance, in 1988 he served on the NIH Human Fetal Tissue Transplantation Research Panel and testified earlier than Congress on the Pain Relief Promotion Act. In 1984, New York Governor Mario Cuomo appointed Bleich to the Governor’s Commission on Life and the Law.