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Death: Biological State or Halachic-Legal Status?

A Review of Really Dead?, by Naftali Moses, PhD

The determination of the moment of death is one of the most perplexing issues in modern medicine. Perhaps the primary reason for this is the fact that defining death is not only a medical issue. In fact, the debate over what constitutes “death,” and at what point (if any) organs can be taken from “deceased” donors, has included not only medical professionals, but lawyers, religious leaders, and politicians as well.

In the state of Israel, though, the discourse has been unique, in large part due to the inclusion of the views of Jewish law and the participation of the Israeli Rabbinate. In Really Dead?, Naftali Moses, who holds a PhD in medical history, explores the relationship between the secular-scientific and rabbinic groups in Israel over a twenty-year period (1967-1986). Continue reading

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