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Averting Autopsies
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Averting Autopsies

Jewish law vs. State law -- who wins?

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Published: November 10, 2007


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Visitor Comments: 20

(20) Rani, November 19, 2007 11:23 AM

csi

Obviously autopsies are needed at times which is why the Rabbis need to work together with law enforcement. Having said that I'm glad our religion generally forbids it. As a huge fan of "CSI Las Vegas" there is a memorable episode where csi Nick is in danger of dieing and is imagining his own autopsy down to the last detail since he is so familiar with what to expect. It really makes you understand what it means when it says the neshama feels pain at the body's desecration.

(19) frederick shuler, November 18, 2007 5:51 PM

agree

agree

(18) Anonymous, November 18, 2007 10:11 AM

I viewed an autopsy once

Once about 20 years ago while a nursing student, I viewed an autopsy. It was part of our learning experience as students. The body of the young woman was not treated with reverence, more like a lab specimen. I was invited to touch her bodily organs; I could not do it.It seemed so wrong to me to do so and I didnt like the attitude in which she was treated. Ironically, I was not Jewish then, but of the Christian faith.To me , she was someone's daughter,sister, or mother.I would not want a family memeher of mine treated in such a manner and I will fight any autopsies that might occur concerning my parents in the future.

(17) Esther, November 17, 2007 9:51 AM

come to israel!

If all Jews would live in Israel, where we really belong, we would not have to worry about such bizarre issues. Why are you trying to become more comfortable in exile? Make Aliya, try to convince your Jewish friends and neighbors too, and start living like a real, free, and proud Jew at last.
Believe me, it is worth the trouble.

(16) Susan, November 15, 2007 10:52 PM

Insurance denied

My dear friend lost her husband two years ago, he passed away at home and since she did not allow an autopsy, she was denied his life insurance monies. There was a question of when his last heart test was taken and of course, there were two different dates. They wanted to do an autopsy. She has been to one lawyer and he now has decided to not fight for her. She is at peace knowing he did not have the autopsy. The money was not worth it to her. This is a difficult article for me to write, my daughter is now in medical school. Since her Sophomore year in high school, she has wanted to be a medical examiner, to help the living solve the crime or find the possible cure. I have witnessed with reverence the students treat the bodies in gross anatomy class. They have a service, prayer, candle lighting and invite the donor families at the end of the quarter to share a meal and partake in any questions or comments and to get to know the students and visa versa. The body belongs to G-d, we are supposed to take good care of it. I am just now learning how important all of this is to us.

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