Chabad Lubavitch of Chautauqua will present the first lecture of its social justice series, on health care, at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday in the Hall of Philosophy. Rabbi Zalman Vilenkin will focus on the obligations of society at large, the local community and the individual with regard to healthcare coverage. The lecture will explore how Jewish literature deals with these moral issues.
Questions to be addressed include: To what extent can individuals be compelled to contribute toward a public welfare system? What kinds of medical care should be provided, when should it be provided, how much should be spent on providing the healthcare?
Vilenkin will examine references from the Talmud, Maimonides, the Code of Jewish law and other classical Jewish writings and apply their guidelines and principles to the questions of today.Read more