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Jewish Perspectives on Embryo and Stem Cell Research

ByAaron L. Mackler

The mandate to heal is a powerful imperative in Jewish ethics. This mandate flows in part from an appreciation for the value of human persons and for life as a blessing and a gift from God. Each human being has intrinsic dignity and value in God’s eyes. This view of the human person provides a basis for the notion that one has the responsibility to care for oneself and seek medical treatment in the effort to recover. One should help others receive healing as well. This commitment entails responsibilities to provide health care, and to improve means of healing through biomedical research (Feldman, 1986, pp. 15-21).