Re: Organ Donation

Tikwa@aol.com
Mon, 28 Jul 1997 12:47:28 -0400 (EDT)

RJDLMMSB@aol.com asked:
>What is the orthodox position on organ donation?

Dovid Rockove replied:
>To the best of my knowledge, if the organs will save a Jewish person it is
>O.K.

Dovid has incorrectly and simplistically answered a complicated and involved
question without quoting any sources.

As far as I know, heart transplants are not allowed (only Rabbi Tendler
feels it is allowed), and corneal and kidney transplants are allowed. For a
full, detailed explanation, see Judaism and Healing by Rabbi J. David Bleich
(published in the United States in 1981 by Ktav Publishing). Chapter 23 is
entitled "Organ Transplants."

I wish you much success.