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Brain-Stem Death Ruling

Rabbi Dr. Avraham Steinberg

Brain-Stem Death Ruling
[37 seconds]

There is currently a debate whether brainstem death and cessation of respiration in an irreversible fashion is the halachic definition of death. Rav Moshe Feinstein, and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and Rav Nehemiah Goldberg and other prominent Rabbis hold that halachically, indeed, this is the definition of death and therefore, in this state, one should be an organ donor.  

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