When it comes to organ donation, there has been some confusion in the Jewish community on whether or not it is permissible, according to Rabbi Elliot Pachter, of Congregation B’Nai Mosche in West Bloomfield.
“(Organ donation) is absolutely permitted, and some would say it’s more than permitted — it’s saving a life. ” Pachter said.
The confusion is three-fold. First, Pachter said, “there is an old Jewish tradition that we don’t do anything to our bodies unless God chooses that to be so. … And once the body is deceased, it is treated with respect until the time of the burial.”
Secondly, in the Jewish faith a loved one is buried quickly, and organ donations delay the burial, he said.