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2. MEDICINE, CULTURE AND ETHICSORGAN DONATION 3. DONOR
CATEGORIES 1 23LIVE DONATION HEARTBEATINGNON-DONATION
HEARTBEATINGDONATION 4. NON-HEARTBEATING CADAVERICDONATION 5.
SANCTUARY OF THE SOUL 6. SANCTUARY OF THE SOULJews, however,
believe that evenafter death the deceased is stillcalled a person
and not a corpse,[as the verse states] A person whohas died
(Numbers 19:14).Even after death, there remainsresidual holiness in
the body whichserved as a receptacle for thesoul, and therefore, we
treat it withrespect. Rabbi Moshe Sofer (1762-1839) 7. OBLIGATION
TO BURYIf [the deceased] had instructed thathe not be buried after
his death, wedo not listen to him, because burialis a mitzvah
(commandment), as itstates, You shall bury him [on thatsame day]
(Deuteronomy 21:23). Maimonides (1135-1204), Mishneh Torah, Laws of
Mourning, 12:1 8. OBLIGATION TO BURYOne who delays the burial of
thedead overnight is in violation of anegative commandment, unless
thedelay is for the honor of thedeceased and tocompletepreparation
of the [burial] needs ofthe deceased. Maimonides (1135-1204),
Mishneh Torah, Laws of Mourning, 4:8 9. OBLIGATION TO BURYThe
mitzvah commandment -- ofimmediate burial refers to all partsof the
body. If one part of it is leftunburied, one some level it is as
ifnoburialoccurred.Thus, transplants violate this pair
ofcommandments, since there issubstantial delay in the burial of
thetransplanted organ. 10. FORBIDDEN BENEFITIt is forbidden to
derive benefit fromany part of the dead, except for thehair, from
which it is permitted,since it is not part of the body.Likewise, it
is forbidden to derivebenefit from the coffin or any of theshrouds.
Maimonides (1135-1204), Mishneh Torah, Laws of Mourning, 14:21 11.
UNTERMAN AUERBACH YOSEF 12. A TORAH OF LIFE You shall observe My
statutes andMy ordinances, which a person shalldo and live by them.
I am the Lord.Leviticus 18:5not die by themTalmud Bavli 13.
STEPPING BACK, LEAPING FORWARDOur sages have stated that physicians
have been givenpermission to heal. They are acting with the
permission, andindeed by order, of the Torah Jewish ethical and
legalteachings. It is therefore clear that even if listening to
aphysician will cause a temporary suspension of a laudableactivity,
the Torah will not remain in debt and this temporarybreak will lead
to you having the strength to increase yourobservance of Judaism in
the future. Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902 1994) 14. THE
PARAMETER? 15. CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER