In what could only be described as the ultimate irony, 55-year-old Philip Contos, a protester against the mandatory use of motorcycle helmets, died in upstate New York on July 3, 2011 when he flipped over the handlebars of his Harley-Davidson while on a protest ride and landed head-first on the pavement. Police said he would have survived the accident had he been wearing a helmet. While there is good reason to challenge paternalistic government intervention on certain issues, matters of preserving life is not one of them. Judaism insists on doing all that necessary to save lives, even though it might impinge on personal freedoms.
Rabbi Wayne Allen
After being graduated from New York University with a B.A. in philosophy and Phi Beta Kappa, Rabbi Allen attended the Jewish Theological Seminary of America where he earned a Masters degree in Rabbinics and went on to receive rabbinic ordination. He has served as a congregational rabbi for almost 34 years, taking on postings in New York City, Los Angeles, and Toronto.