Below you will find articles by rabbis, doctors and scholars about the halachic and medical issues surrounding brain-stem death and organ donation. Some articles are pro organ donation and some are con. We believe by showing all positions, we can allow the public to judge for themselves where they stand on these issues.
In this article, the authors examine how the potential success of head/body transplantation
raises questions as to how halakha—Jewish law and jurisprudence—might draw the line
between determining whether a person is dead or alive. In presenting the primary
Talmudic passages that refer to determination of life and death, and their discussion
among halakhists and halakhic decisors, the authors show how the halakha might determine the demarcation between life and death as it applies to head/body transplants or potentially other innovations in medical technology.
Author: le Roux-Kemp, Andre
Publication: XLVI CILSA
Author: Nair-Collins, Michael
Publication: American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine
Publication: Journal of Medicine and Philosophy
Author: Gross, Sky Edit; Lavi, Shai; and Boas, Hagai
Publication: Science, Technology and Human Values
Author: Thomas A. Nakagawa, Stephen Ashwal, Mudit Mathur, Mohan Mysore
American Academy of Pediatrics
Author: Cohen, Rabbi Alfred