Refael Grossman served as a pulpit rabbi for nearly 30 years at the Orthodox Baron Hirsch synagogue in Memphis, TN. He was a past president of the Beth Din of America and the Rabbinical Council of America, Chairman of the Rabbinical Council International, Chairman of the National Rabbinic Cabinet of Israel Bonds, a member of the executive Board of the Union of Orthodox Congregations of America and a member of the Board of the Development Corporation of Israel. A recipient of the OU's National Rabbinic leadership Award, Rabbi Grossman was one of ten rabbis to be honored at the centennial celebration of the Union of Orthodox Congregations of America. He was also awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity honoris causa from Yeshiva University in New York.
Can healthy lifestyle choices be mandated on individuals who engage in unhealthy habits? Can someone be stopped from doing something that will create a burden on the community? Are we free to do with our bodies as we see fit even if it will be harmed by our behaviors? And does Judaism have anything to say about one’s obligation towards the wellbeing and maintenance of his body? This is a vintage video and is being shared here for its historical value and its content, not for the quality of its video
Dr. Alfred Sofer (2)