Rabbi David Michael Feldman, Rabbi-Emeritus of the Jewish Center of Teaneck and medical ethicist extraordinaire, passed away last Friday in Holy Name Medical Center at the age of 85, after a long illness.
The beloved rabbi, who was admired by leaders from all streams of Judaism and members of the extended community in Teaneck, was world renowned for writing a number of books on the subjects of fertility, procreation and medical ethics.
He served as Chairman of the Committee on Medical Ethics of UJA-Federation and its Committee on Marriage and the Family.
Rabbi Feldman was also the dean of the Jewish Institute of Bioethics, and editor of the Compendium on Medical Ethics, who served on the Bio-Medical Ethics Committee of Hackensack University Medical Center and on the Board of Trustees of the New York Society for the Deaf.
He had graduate degrees from Columbia, Yeshiva University and The Jewish Theological Seminary and smicha from Rav Natalovitch.
He was also a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force, and an active member of Teaneck's Post 498 of the Jewish War Veterans.
The list of his
accomplishments can fill pages.
Rabbi Feldman offered the most accepted scholarly explorations into abortion, euthanasia and the right to die.
books were "Birth Control in Jewish Law," "Health and Medicine in the Jewish Tradition" and "Where There's Life, There's Life," an exploration of end-of-life decisions.
In it, Rabbi Feldman used Talmudic sources, science and his personal experience as a pulpit rabbi and as a top-notch medical ethicist to guide people in end of life issues.