At first glance, one might assume that organ donation, which allows one individual to extend the gift of life to one or many others, would be a “slam-dunk” in the eyes of Jewish law. What questions or problems could this life-giving act raise for a tradition that puts such a premium on pikuah nefesh (the preservation of life)?

As it turns out, rabbinic authorities have raised important and thoughtful questions about how and when organ transplantation from both living and cadaveric donors should be allowed, which individuals should be prioritized to receive donated organs, and what, if any, compensation should be provided to donors.

Join us on Sunday, Dec 20 at 7:00 p.m. as TBE’s rabbi emeritus Rabbi Scott Glass and economist Ronald Ehrenberg explore organ donation through both a Jewish and secular lens. The program will feature additional commentary by TBE member and kidney-recipient Barry Strom.

This program is taking place under the auspices of Sinai and Synapses, a national initiative that bring science into synagogue spaces.

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Meeting ID: 892 5207 3948

Passcode: Science