Dr. Akiva Tatz was
born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He studied medicine at the University
of Witwatersrand and graduated with distinction in surgery.
He spent a year in St. Louis, Missouri, as an American Field Service Scholar
and subsequently returned there for elective work in internal medicine at
Dr. Tatz served as medical
officer in the South African Defence force and completed a tour of duty on
the Namibian border during the conflict there.
He subsequently moved to Israel where he practised both in hospital and general
medicine in Jerusalem, as well as engaging in Yeshiva study.
After practising medicine
and studying in Yeshiva concurrently for some time, Dr. Tatz undertook a
number of years of Talmudic study and later teaching in
Jewish thought and medical ethics in Jerusalem.
Rabbi Dr. Tatz founded the Jerusalem Medical Ethics Forum, of which he is
Director, for the purpose of teaching and promoting knowledge of Jewish medical
He has written a number of books on the subject of Jewish thought and philosophy:
Anatomy of a Search, which documents the process of transition from secular
to observant lifestyles among modern Jews, Living
Inspired and Worldmask.
Dr. Tatz is the co-author of Reb Simcha Speaks, and has recently published
The Thinking Jewish Teenager's Guide to
Life. His work has been translated
into Spanish, Russian, French and Portuguese.
He currently lectures on
Jewish thought and medical ethics at the Jewish
Learning Exchange in London and internationally.