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Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Brody is the executive director of Ematai, an organization dedicated to helping Jews navigate the dilemmas of aging, end-of-life care, and organ donation. He previously served as the founding director of the Tikvah Overseas Student Institute and co-dean of Tikvah Online Academy, a senior instructor at Yeshivat Hakotel, and as a junior research fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute.

Brody’s writings focus on making Jewish texts accessible to broader audiences while applying them to contemporary social and ethical dilemmas. His work has been cited in Israeli Supreme Court decisions. A columnist for the Jerusalem Post, his writings have also appeared in Mosaic, First Things, Tradition, The Federalist, City Journal, Public Discourse, Tablet, Tzohar, The Forward, Hakirah, Jewish Review of Books, and other popular publications.

His first book, A Guide to the Complex: Contemporary Halakhic Debates (Maggid), received a 2014 National Jewish Book Award. His most recent book, Ethics of Our Fighters: A Jewish View on War and Morality, was published in early 2024.

A summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College, he received rabbinic ordination from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate, an MA in Jewish philosophy at the Hebrew University, and his PhD from Bar Ilan University Law School, where he continues to serve as a post-doctoral fellow.

Rabbi Brody has been an invited scholar-in-residence at over 40 distinguished congregations and campuses in the United States, Canada, England, and Israel. Originally from Houston, Texas, Rabbi Brody now lives in Modi’in with his wife, Rocky, and five children.

Field / Profession: Educator, Government & Politics

Educator at: Yeshiva, Midrasha, Academic

Speaking Topics: Torah, Israel, Politics, Eretz Yisrael, Halacha & the Modern World, Campus/Students

Sample Topics - General:
Sample Topics: End-of-Life, Death, and Mourning:
Organ Donation in Israel and Around the World: New Perspectives
Who Wants to Live Forever? Google’s Search for Longevity and the Quest for a Meaningful Life
Can Children Repent for Their Deceased Parents? Kaddish, Yizkor, and the Ghosts of Atonement
Should We Pray for the Terminally Ill to Die? Perspectives on Quality of Life in Halakha
If Not Now, When? The Religious Requirement to Confront our Mortality
May Parents Waive Avelut Requirements? Mechila and the Nature of Mourning

Sample Topics: Jewish Military Ethics:
Does Judaism Believe in Holy War? Understanding the Mitzvot to Wipe Out Amalek and the Seven Canaanite Nations
‘Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death?’ The Ethics of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Passover Eve 1943
Preemptive Strikes and Preventative War in Halakha: Halakhic Perspectives on Israeli Warfare from The Six-Day War to Strike on the Syrian Nuclear Reactor
Should Jews Fight Terror with Terror? The 1939 Debate Over Restraint and ‘Purity of Arms’
Is All Permitted in Love and War? Halakhic Perspectives on Fighting Just Wars

Sample Topics: Halakha and New Innovations:
Changing Knowledge, Changing Halakha? Science, Jewish Law, and the Search for Truth
“Shabbosdik” - Halakhic Principle or My Rabbi’s Excuse? Automatic Cars, Shabbos Switches and New Technologies on Shabbat
The ‘Impossible Pork’ and Pig-Organ Transplant Controversies: Does Every Innovation Deserve a Hekhsher?
Pesak Halakha, Trust, and Transparency in the Age of Google
The Controversy over Posthumous Sperm Retrieval: “Modern-Day Yibum” or Planned Orphanhood?

Sample Topics - Israel Related:
Power, Money, and Diplomacy: The $6 Billion Dilemma of Israel’s Arms Industry
The Conversion Debate in Israel: Is There a Resolution?
Is Halakha Different in Israel and the Diaspora? Autopsies and the Controversy Over the Creation of Israel’s Medical Schools
What’s the Most Controversial Pasuk in the Torah? Medieval and Modern Perspectives on the Timely Meaning of Torah
Better Dead Than Alive? The Controversy over Killing a Neutralized Terrorist
Eichmann in the Mediterranean: Should We Bury Terrorists and Mass Murderers?

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