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Twin Brothers Put to Death

The slippery slope of euthanasia. A shocking case.

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(30) Anonymous, January 27, 2013 10:35 PM

Alot of people say that if something tragic happens to them such as an accident or illness which causes thier lives to become more difficult -they do not want to live.Most people feel as though they will be a burden and do not want to feel as though they are a burden to others. I think we as a society need to re-evaluate how we treat each other.We need to get back to the days of lovingly caring for our aging parents and sick family members.My grandmother lived with us until she died and my Auntie who was born with an illness that caused her to be "forever a child' lived with us until she died too.In fact I shared a room with both.I was taught to respect and love my family members.I admit I sometimes was upset when friends came over and I hadn't any privacy because I shared rooms with my elders - but I got over that fast. I feel sad to hear that those 2 relative young twins felt that euthanisia was thier only way.Where was thier loving support system?

(29) dale331, January 26, 2013 8:14 PM

Can G-d act thru me?

This reminds me of the story, I might have even heard here, in which G-d sends a flood. Before the flood the police ride around announcing evacuation. This one guy says G-d will protect me. The flood happens and a boat comes to get the guy who says G-d will save him. Flood gets worse and man is on roof. Helicopter comes and guy says God will save him. Flood gets worse and guy drowns. In heaven guy sees G-d and asks why G-d didn't save him. G-d says He sent the police, a boat and a helicopter. One thing that says is G-d works thru people. How am I to know whether illness, a drunk driver, or my hand with a knife is not G-d working thru those three saying now is the time? We just read of Pharaoh committing suicide because G-d hardened his heart. Yea, I know that was to bring G-d glory but how would I know my death at my hand is not for some glory of G-d that I don't understand. Just something to think about. NO, I'm not contemplating suicide.

Avraham Turetsky, January 31, 2013 5:55 AM

that's what the Snake said to Eve

Anticipating, or trying to figure out G-d's unspoken plan is not our job. Our job is to do what G-d said He wants us to do, as specified in the Torah. That's the plain meaning of "You shall be wholehearted with the L-rd, Your G-d". The deceptively attractive but fallacious idea that G-d speaks through our desires and therefore we need to fulfill them was exactly the Snake's argument to Eve (Rabbi Fohrman elucidates this beautifully in his book "The Beast That Crouches at the Door"). So no need for the "how do I know"s.

(28) Anonymous, January 26, 2013 4:29 PM

Slipping down the slope

I forgot to mention in my earlier comment, that the idea that "being deaf was a tragedy" was very unfortunate for it was offensive to many people. It could be seen as a 1st step to accepting euthanasia. However, I see it as a poor attempt to make a statement about what the twins were thinking in their decision. He did hold up Helen Keller as a "hero", as an example or better alternative for the twins, and for others who seem very distressed at things that seemingly are minor compared to the tragedy of ending a life. The rabbi did acknowledge that he was not in a position to understand what fear, dread, or "suffering' that was going on in the mind of the twins. If things appear to be hopeless, you want to be much further down the "road of hopelessness' before it becomes seemingly unbearable & one decides on an alternative that can't be undone.

(27) Anonymous, January 26, 2013 3:25 PM

God determines

That is complicated when one believes that God is speaking to them or that God speaks through them to do things, such as end their own life or help others to end their great suffering & unbearable torment by not assisting them to continue to live. God can act through people? We can carry out God's will in so many ways, so are some ways to be disallowed because others, usually "outsiders", think or believe perhaps differently?

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