Thursday, 27 August 2009

Halachic Organ Donation

Will new rabbinic coalitions bring a progressive approach to Halachic Organ Donation?


«While the majority of rabbis in the religious- Zionist, haredi and Sephardic communities – including Chief Sephardic Rabbi Shlomo Amar – agree that brain death is an indication of death-proper, some in the haredi community, especially followers of Rabbi Yosef Sholom Elyashiv, still oppose the correlation, claiming cardiac death should be the only criteria used. »


1 comment:

Garnel Ironheart said...

From what I've seen, a lot of the Ashkenazi chareidi insistence on cardiac death is based on a teshuvah in which the heart is identified as the organ of respiration.

In reality, most of the positions on brain death are remarkably similar - once the lungs go, the brain and heart die. Thus this teshuvah may actually agree with the rest of the poskim except for its erroneous description of the heart.