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About Arthur Lang

My name is Arthur Lang. I live in a large New Jersey community with my wife and six children. I came to the State in 1985, two years after graduating the University of Texas at Austin and deferring my acceptance to its notable school of law. I aspired becoming a lawyer and a public servant since the sixth grade and studied government as an undergraduate, full of ambition, with the intent to run for legislative office. I made the difficult decision to give up law school and moved up north from our home in Houston, so that I could learn Torah full-time in an advanced yeshiva.
I met my wife Rachel in December 1987, and we married the following March. She commuted to work in New York City as bookkeeper until 1997, while I learned. In 1994, I began teaching during the later afternoon hours when yeshiva boys study math, science, history and English, continuing my Talmudic studies in the morning, early afternoon and night.
I became fully employed as a first year public school teacher in the local high school in 2003 teaching mathematics. I continued teach history and science to yeshiva boys in the afternoon. That year, my father had a heart attack, another heart attack after being released from the hospital, and then a small stroke while lying unconscious for six weeks in the hospital. That year, we found out about our seventh child, Raphael, born with trisomy 13.
I spent the last ten years studying major works of philosophy, science textbooks, mathematics textbooks, and education theory. Currently, I am certified as a teacher of mathematics and as a teacher of social studies, curriculum supervisor. I also am an Educational Administrator with a certificate of eligibility as a principal and Superintendent of Schools.
I am now a lawyer. My main interest is in constitutional law. I enjoy civil rights and educational law. I hope to use the law to help bring justice, rather than advantage.
My book, Not Compatible with Life, is the true story of Raphael, a child born with such severe anomalies that medical textbooks deemed him to be not compatible with life. It is a story of conflict, filled with intrigue and lies, as parents fight to maintain that life against doctors who insist on terminating it. Torn between reason and the religious piety exemplified in his wife and community, the author thoughtfully discovers that his experience is the experience of the nation, and that the concern over quality of life looms larger and larger over America and its families.
The book narrates two years in the life of the author, who transforms an ambivalent desire not to bring up a handicapped child into an obsession to keep that child alive. Just when his philosophy matures into a new theodicy, the author learns that his father suffers a massive stroke, after which his brothers and father’s doctors then insist on his right to die. By the end of the book, an original and lucid system based upon what the author calls moral faith and the affirmation of being has developed.

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Present Faculty Member, Rutgers University
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