Defining the Moment of Death-
It is my understanding that in order for someone to be a candidate to donate their organs, they need to be declared "brain dead" by two to three physicians, one of whom, I believe, must be a...More
Martyrdom & Sanctifying God's Name-
In the Yizkor memorial prayer which we say on the holidays, we commemorate the souls of the martyrs who were "killed, murdered, slaughtered, burned, drowned and strangled" for the sanctification of the...More
Saving Your Life over Another’s-
One of the most beloved ideals that Jews uphold is the utmost value on human life. What do we do when we have to choose between two innocent lives? Here’s an example:
Someone is driving along a narrow...More
A friend of mine was buried by a landslide while his wife was just a few feet away. People pitched in to dig him out and had two-thirds of his body out, blue but probably alive, when the hillside shifted...More
What is the Jewish position on organ donation? I have been told, albeit by someone relatively uneducated, that a Jewish body must be "whole and intact" for Jewish burial. But what confuses me is...More
Sanctity of Human Body-
You recently referred to the “Bodies” exhibit in which you elucidated your opinion that it flies in the face of the sanctity of the human body. I have trouble fathoming what sanctity there is to the human...More
My mother passed away last year and now it is coming up to her yahrtzeit. Are there special things I should be doing on that day? What about the yahrtzeit of a grandparent or cousin, etc.?
My mother recently passed away. Every year when I would go to synagogue on Yom Kippur, and then would get to the Yizkor service, I would leave the sanctuary with the other people whose parents were still...More
I am a university student in Alberta, Canada and I am doing a research paper on euthanasia from the Jewish perspective. Can you direct me to more information? Thank you.
Jumping from the Tower-
In the terrible 9-11 terror attack on New York, some people jumped from the burning tower.
On one side was a raging fire with no escape, and on the other side was a jump to near-certain death.
My best friend’s brother just committed suicide. My friend is quite inconsolable, both because of his brother’s death and also the tragic circumstances. He is angry at his brother for doing...More
I have a dog that I love dearly. She has brought joy to my life and brought smiles to the faces of many. I've heard many people say that animals don't have souls or that their souls are different from...More
Cloning & Immortality-
In the various life choices I’ve made – career, family, etc – I notice one common denominator: I am on a quest for immortality. I want to leave a legacy. Wouldn’t it simply solve...More
I have heard about a bone in the brain that never disintegrates. You can't burn it, break it or crush it. What is this bone called and what is its purpose?