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David Halpern

David Halpern

David Halpern is a first year resident at the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at The Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Prior to attending medical school at Sidney Kimmel Medical College, David spent two years studying Jewish texts and philosophy at Yeshivat Hakotel in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel. He then returned to New York to earn a B.A. in Psychology at Yeshiva University, where his graduating thesis focused on the intersection of the philosophy of free will as interpreted by Jewish and Christian Theology. David received Rabbinic Ordination in March 2014 from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. There he created a capstone project exploring the intersection of medical practice with Jewish medical ethics and law. Additionally, David completed rabbinic internships at the Puah Institute, helping Jewish couples navigate infertility, as well as the Organization for the Resolution of Agunot, assisting women in obtaining a Jewish writ of divorce and preventing domestic abuse.

Throughout David's time at Jefferson he has been particularly interested in the intersection of Judaism and medicine, as well as Jewish medical ethics. As the President of the Jefferson Jewish Student Association, David coordinated and gave monthly talks on Jewish-themed topics, including: Jewish Holidays, the Jewish Patient, and Judaism and Genetics. Most relevant to this book, David worked with Dr. Andrew Newberg, M.D. at the Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital on a theoretical research project exploring topics related to Jewish Neurotheology.

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