Deena R. Zimmerman
Publisher: Urim Publications
Foreword by Rabbi Yehuda Henkin
A Lifetime Companion to the Laws of Jewish Family Life was written to help married — or about to be married — couples of all ages learn the halachot of taharat hamishpachah, the laws of Jewish marital life. In addition, particular emphasis was placed on achieving an understanding of the interplay between Jewish law and womenâ€™s health issues throughout the life cycle.
Deena R. Zimmerman MD MPH IBCLC is a physician with a life-long love for Judaic Studies. She received her BA degree from Yale University and MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency, chief residency and Masters in Public Health at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where she also served on the faculty as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics for four years. Dr. Deena Zimmerman currently works as a pediatrician for Maccabi Health Service and TEREM-Immediate Medical Care, and is Medical Advisor to the Jerusalem Breastfeeding Center.
One of the first graduates of Nishmat’s Keren Ariel Program as a Yoetzet Halacha (Womenâ€™s Halachic Advisor), Deena has written a number of articles related to womenâ€™s health issues and Jewish law. She is on the faculty of Sha’alvim for Women and lectures extensively on Medicine, Women’s Health and Jewish Law at numerous institutions for advanced study, including Nishmat, Michlelet Herzog (in Alon Shvut) and Machon Schlesinger (at Sha’are Zedek Hospital). Deena also directs the Nishmat Womenâ€™s On Line Information Center — websites dedicated to Womenâ€™s Health and Halacha — for the general public and for health care providers. She lives in Israel with her husband Rabbi Sammy Zimmerman, and their five children.
“…there has long been a need for an intelligently-written guide and introduction to hilchot niddah, a book which would fill the void between the overly-concise practical manuals and the extensive, scholarly expositions of the subject. Furthermore, reference to modern medical knowledge and techniques bearing on menstruation, contraception, etc., is essential.
Dr. Deena Zimmerman is uniquely qualified to write such a book. She is Jewishly learned, having twice completed the daf yomi cycle of the Talmud, part of which she taught in a daily sheur. She is a certified consultant in the field of taharat hamishpachah, one of the first graduates of the Keren Ariel Yoatzot Halacha program of Nishmat in Jerusalem. It was my pleasure to have been among the panel of rabbis who tested her upon completion of the program. In her work as a yoetzet halacha, she has had invaluable practical experience in addressing other womenâ€™s questions and understanding their concerns. She is also a practicing physician (in pediatrics), and formerly an assistant professor in a medical school. She is, of course, a wife and a mother. The combination of knowledge and scholarship, experience, empathy and understanding she brings to this topic should help ensure A Lifetime Companion to the Laws of Jewish Family Life a place on the bookshelf of every modern woman committed to Halacha.”
-from the Foreword by Rabbi Yehuda Henkin
Praise for A Lifetime Companion to the Laws of Jewish Family Life:
â€œThis is a remarkable volume by a remarkable woman. The author, a highly regarded pediatrician and a scholar of Talmud â€“ one of the very first of a new type that is felicitously emerging in our generation â€“ here offers a comprehensive volume on Jewish â€œfamily purity,â€ the conventional euphemism for the laws governing menstruation. It covers the gamut of one of the principal precepts of Judaism, both theory and practice. Ultimately, therefore, it is a book about enhancing the quality of Jewish family life.
This volume is an authoritative treatment of the subject, by one of the first graduates of Nishmat, and should prove invaluable to all who cherish the wholeness of the bond between husband and wife and the holiness of Torah Judaism.â€
-Rabbi Norman Lamm
Chancellor of Yeshiva University and Rosh Hayeshiva of RIETS
â€œDr. Deena Zimmerman brings to this volume an extraordinary range of talents, as an MD, a scholar of Talmud, and a certified yoetzet halacha, one of the first graduates of Nishmatâ€™s historic Keren Ariel Program. She is also the creator and coordinator of Nishmatâ€™s Womenâ€™s Online Information Center on taharat hamishpacha and related medical questions.
This brilliant book encompasses the worlds of both Jewish Law and medicine. A halachic guide to the laws of taharat hamishpacha written by a woman, in close consultation with rabbinic authorities â€“ what could be more natural and practical than such a book? This outstanding volume deserves to be on every Jewish couple’s bookshelf.â€
-Chana Henkin, Dean
Nishmat, the Jerusalem Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women
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