What would you do if prenatal genetic testing revealed a future of pain and suffering for your unborn child? What if your parent or grandparent refused a life-saving pacemaker? How would you deal with these life-and-death decisions? And what does Jewish tradition have to say about these issues?

This film explore these questions. You’ll hear from doctors, patients, rabbis, and ethicists who offer their unique perspectives on these real-life medical dilemmas. The lively discussion offers a window onto the rich dialogue at the intersection between medicine and Jewish tradition.

'Heal, You Shall Heal' was produced for the exhibition Trail of the Magic Bullet: The Jewish Encounter with Modern Medicine, 1860-1960, at YU Museum in NYC February 26 - August 12, 2012. Find out more at the Exhibition Website: yumuseum.tumblr.com/MagicBullet

Modern medicine emerged in the second half of the 19th century, as innovative technologies and new theories of disease paved the way for extraordinary medical advances. For Jews—and for the Jewish community at large—the field of scientific medicine presented new opportunities, new challenges, and new ways to engage with modernity. Through an array of original medical instruments, artifacts, documents, letters, photographs, and video, Trail of the Magic Bullet explores the Jewish encounter with modern medicine on an individual, communal, and religious level. The exhibition brings the conversation up to the present, concluding with a specially produced film that examines key issues in contemporary Jewish bioethics. Trail of the Magic Bullet was developed in conjunction with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Produced and Directed by Ilana Trachtman
Editor: Zelda Greenstein

Images: The Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Jewish Museum in Prague, the Ginsburg/ Myers Family, Tia Powell, Veer
This film and the exhibition were made possible through the generous support of: The Leon Levy Foundation, the David Berg Foundation, Rene and Susanne Braginsky Foundation, Anonymous, The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey

Exhibition Curator: Josh Feinberg

Copyright Yeshiva University Museum, 2012

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