Statement Regarding Organ Donation
FROM THE RABBINICAL ASSOCIATION OF GREATER KANSAS CITY REGARDING ORGAN DONATION
Our Mishnah states that to "save one life it is as if you have saved the entire world." (Sanhedrin 4:5) Jewish law/Halacha holds that Pikuach Nefesh-saving human life- is of the utmost importance, and overrides almost every other prohibition and commandment in Judaism. One important way to carry out Pikuach Nefesh is through organ donation.
Holding to this sacred Jewish ideal, we the rabbis of the Rabbinical Association of Greater Kansas City urge all within our Jewish community, in accordance with their Jewish practice and values, to consider registering for organ donor cards, and to be properly registered as organ donors in the manner prescribed by their state of residence. (We also understand that the appropriate time of and circumstance for organ donation may differ for each specific situation. Those making decisions regarding organ donation for themselves or on behalf of a loved one are encouraged to consult their own rabbi.) We also urge our Jewish community to educate themselves on the value of organ donation, the many lives saved by organ donation, and how Halacha allots for organ donation.
RABBINICAL ASSOCIATION OF GREATER KANSAS CITY