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Life on the Line” invites teens to share their opinions and make “judgment call” on these life-and-death scenarios. We’ll analyze real news stories from current events, using guidelines and principles from Torah to find real and relevant solutions for these modern day dilemmas. Discover a fresh manner of navigating life’s decisions, where YOU make the call.



Six Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
February 6 - March 13, 2019

$75/entire course
$15/per class includes snacks & textbook
Scholarships readily available


Lesson 1—Heroes and Hoodlums

A dramatic hit-and-run accident is caught on video: A man is struck by a vehicle and left to die on a city street. But even more shocking is the reaction of the onlookers, who walk by the unconscious individual as if nothing is amiss. Did the bystanders commit a crime? Are witnesses legally and morally obligated to come to the aid of their fellow?

Lesson 2—Your Money or My Life?

A man steals his neighbor’s boat to save neighbors trapped by the raging flood waters of Hurricane Katrina. After the rescue, the boat is lost. Should our hero be held liable for the damages? We know that Torah requires us to do our utmost to help other people in peril, even to spend our own money to save their lives. But what about when saving a life means we must steal or damage someone else’s property in order to do so?

Lesson 3—Living On the Edge

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of America’s iconic tourist spots and attracts visitors from around the world who wish to witness its breathtaking beauty. But tragically, it is also a destination for people who feel they have hit rock bottom and wish to end their lives. Are we obligated to interfere and try to save them or is the decision to end one’s own life a personal and private right?

Lesson 4—Last Man Standing

Two men are on a sinking boat, in the midst of a sudden storm and there is only one life jacket. Who should get the jacket? How do we decide whose life is more important?

Lesson 5—Abortion on Demand?

A woman is expecting triplets, but wants a “reduction,” because carrying all three babies to term will harm her career. Is it morally justified to terminate a pregnancy for the sake of convenience alone? If the mother’s life is in danger due to complications from her pregnancy, is she allowed to abort the fetus to save her life? Is there a way to determine whose life is more important? Students will share and contrast different opinions on the issue of “pro-life” vs “pro-choice,” and then compare these views to the Torah’s unique approach.

Lesson 6—Life Worth Living

During the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a doctor injected fatal doses of morphine into terminally ill patients to relieve them of their suffering. Does Jewish law support the concept of mercy killing? Should medical staff or family members be allowed to assist patients who do not expect recovery to end their lives? Is there any value to a life that is severely limited by an infirmity?