World Zionist Congress Elections

Organ Transplants in Halacha

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Aug 5, 2019
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    1. Title: A Comment from Mr. Robert Berman
      Author: Anonymous,

      Rabbi Glatt makes a few historical, geographical, medical and moral mistakes: 

      1. The first kidney transplant took place in Boston, not in NY.

      2. The first heart recipient Washkansky died of an infection, not from an immunological rejection of the heart.

      3. The first heart transplant took place in Capetown, not Johannesburg.

      4. The donor was a white woman (Denise Darvall) not a black man.

      5. The donor was NOT breathing on her own.
      6. There are many prominent rabbis who find it morally and halachicaly questionable for a person who rejects brain death as death to be willing to take organs from a brain dead heart beating donor. This is akin to asking a doctor to murder someone for your benefit. And to justify this behavior by comparing it to a person who doesn't hold by the eruv who asks someone who does hold by the eruv to carry for him is simply facile. Here is an audio clip of Rabbi Hershel Schachter saying its problematic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Z2ERQeJJ8M&feature=emb_logo  

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