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The search for organs: halachic perspectives on altruistic giving and the selling of organs
  1. J D Kunin
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr J D Kunin
 93 Hamaysdim Street, Zichron Yaakov 30900, Israel;


Altruistic donation of organs from living donors is widely accepted as a virtue and even encouraged as a duty. Selling organs, on the other hand, is highly controversial and banned in most countries. What is the Jewish legal (halachic) position on these issues? In this review it is explained that altruistic donation is praiseworthy but in no way obligatory. Selling organs is a subject of rabbinic dispute among contemporary authorities.

  • transplantation
  • medical ethics
  • Jewish medical ethics
  • organ donation
  • sale of organs

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