Does Jewish Law Permit Organ Donations?

As Israeli parliamentarians debate whether organ donation should become the default for all citizens, an understanding of the real halakhic principles on the matter is vital.

Israeli legislators are looking for a way to increase the number of organs available for transplant. A bill that sought to change the model of organ donation from an “opt-in” system to an “opt-out” one was recently rejected by the Knesset’s Ministerial Committee for Legislation, which said it would wait for a government...