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  • #853660

    Zahavasdad:

    I have noted that your comments in this thread and on other threads show a gross misunderstanding of what is commonly referred to as the 5th cheilek of Shulchan Oruch.

    And of course he has a clear understanding of the other four, and a very high level of English writing and grammar :).

    #853662

    Sam2
    Participant

    PBA: I’d be very interested to hear your Rebbeim’s response to what possible issue there could be for taking organs for transplant after the heart stops beating.

    #853663

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    Sam: My rebbeim are not poskim–they do not have personal opinions on this that I am particularly concerned for. I do follow them regarding which poskim they rely on in a machlokes, though.

    I know absolutely nothing about the halachic aspects of this shaila. But I’m sure you can find the arguments in modern seforim, or by speaking in learning with a few poskim.

    I’m a bit confused now, though. Are you saying now that you don’t know the reasons they say? Does that conflict with your taking such a strong stance on this as to think they are all in clear error?

    #853664

    Sam2
    Participant

    PBA: I know that none of the arguments that I have seen are anywhere near satisfactory. I was curious if maybe I would hear one that I have not yet heard. I think that there’s a chance that I have heard/seen them all already, but I am not quite arrogant enough to actually assume that I have.

    #853665

    rikki2
    Member

    zehavasdad you say”There are plenty of poseks who hold the internet is traif”

    Realiy check: yes, unfiltered internet users can and unfortunately often do accesss pictures and articles that one is not allowed to view. Do you deny this? Are you saying these things are kosher?

    Are you orthodox? Do you have a rabbi? Doesn’t sound like it.

    #853666

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    Oh, well I dunno nothin. I also happen not to find the whole question very interesting. I mainly find questions interesting when there is some chance of things changing, and I am curious why they will change or not change.

    #853667

    rabbiofberlin
    Participant

    Just to correct a comment by nisht…..(cant spell his name): There IS a MAJOR diffence about the length of life left as far as “retzicha’ goes. If one kills a ‘treifa” one will not be convicted of “retzicha”. And someone who is clinically dead is certainly a ‘treifa” that will not live a year. This is not to say that one can hasten death ,clearly, you are not allowed to do that. However, you cannot equate “jaharog ve’al jeavior’ to the last minutes of a living person.

    #853668

    hello99
    Participant

    Sam: it bothers me that you write so vehemently about an issue you are unfamiliar with. The discussion is organ donations in EY and you wrote previously “Those posters are wrong. Every organ is usable nowadays if harvested within an hour of death, sometimes more. It was true 10 years ago that they needed organs from a live person. It’s not true today”

    however, you are incorrect. While the NEJM writes that theoretically this is true, it is not the case in EY.

    these quotes from ADI- the official Israeli government transplant Center

    So unless you can convince the transplant surgeons in EY to change their policy, it is impossible for someone to donate organs without being murdered according to Gedolei HaPoskim!!!

    #853669

    Sam2
    Participant

    Hello: I did not speak to Poskim in E”Y. If those are the facts in Israel, then those are the facts. They are certainly not the facts in America and my argument still stands here.

    Berlin: Brain death is not necessarily a Treifah. You would still need a hole in one of the places that makes a Treifah. Also, killing a Treifah is murder. You’re just not Chayav Misah if you do it. It’s still Retzicha.

    #853670

    Sam2
    Participant

    My last post was obviously supposed to say that killing a Treifah is murder. Mods, if you can fix that typo please I’d appreciate it.

    #853671

    hello99
    Participant

    Sam: But your entire rant against the Gedolei HaPoskim was based on Pikuach Nefesh and the unwillingness of European countries to send organs “any Posek who refuses to let people do this is Machshil es Harabbim and Gorem Sakanas Nefashos for many Jews, especially those in Eretz Yisrael where European countries won’t send organs” and “I just feel (very, very, strongly) that they have missed the point, are not completely aware of the physical facts, and have therefore created a situation where Israel is denied organs to save Jewish lives because too many Jews won’t be organ donors”.

    Now you are admitting that you had no idea what you were talking about and YOU are the one who is unaware of the facts!!! Does that trouble you???

    #853672

    hello99
    Participant

    SAM: “my argument still stands here”

    Not at all. Since less than 2% of the USA is Jewish, there is no consideration of Pikuach Nefesh. Consequently, the issues of ????? ??? ?????? ???? are huge problems to your argument.

    #853673

    Health
    Participant

    Sam2 -“They are certainly not the facts in America and my argument still stands here.”

    Are you kidding? There is No Pickuach Nefesh here. Most people are Goyim. Did you ever here a Din of Rov? So to say that you’re Mechuyav to donate organs here is Not reality acc. to Halacha.

    And there is no Eivah since we don’t donate organs to anyone!

    And btw, your ignorant of the facts in this country too. A lot of organ harvesting is done when the person still has a pulse, but just is brain dead! Just because a portion is done after death -I’m pretty sure this isn’t even most.

    #853674

    rikki2
    Member

    If you check off on your license that you are willing to be an organ donor, then the doctor who is harvesting your organs does not need to wait until you’re halachically dead in order to remove them.

    In such a case according to halacha the good doctor is committing murder. By allowing the doctor to harvest your organs while you are still alive, you are an accomplice to murder.

    Hence commiting to donate your organs is being an accomplice to your own murder. No feel good ethical rationale can justify this.

    #853675

    Sam2
    Participant

    Hello: My point was that there is a perception that Jews won’t donate organs for religious reasons and therefore many people would be unwilling to donate organs to Jews. That is a true Pikuach Nefesh, whether or not someone’s organs personally go to Jews. Nivul Hameis is easily pushed off Mishum Eivah. Murder is not. Thus, I would never say to take an organ from a person with a heartbeat (even though I think that those who say that brain-stem death is death have much to rely on, I agree that those who define death by a heartbeat also have much to rely on) if that person holds it is murder. Taking organs after cessation of a heartbeat is perfectly okay though, and Eivah should push off Nivul Hameis.

    Health: You saying that logically Eivah shouldn’t apply doesn’t make it so. Look at the current attitudes towards Jews in Europe and Israel in general on organ donations and then tell me that there is no Eivah there. Whether or not we can give a good logical argument to remove Eivah doesn’t change the fact that people will have emotional responses that could lead to Jewish deaths. The Poskim give the perfect logic that we can say to non-Jews that we are only Mechalel Shabbos for those who worship Shabbos. And yet, the Chassam Sofer published his famous T’shuvah Mishum Eivah. And once again, just because a lot is done when the person has a pulse doesn’t meant that you can’t sign a card saying that organs can only be harvested after the heart has stopped beating.

    #853676

    Health
    Participant

    Sam2 -“Look at the current attitudes towards Jews in Europe and Israel in general on organ donations and then tell me that there is no Eivah there. Whether or not we can give a good logical argument to remove Eivah doesn’t change the fact that people will have emotional responses that could lead to Jewish deaths.”

    I really don’t believe this Eivah would change if every Jew in the world would become card carrying organ donors. They don’t want to send organs to Israel because they hate Israelis and possibly all Jews!

    “And once again, just because a lot is done when the person has a pulse doesn’t meant that you can’t sign a card saying that organs can only be harvested after the heart has stopped beating.”

    Again you are being ignorant. There is no such thing. Once you give permission for them to take organs, they will take them when they want. Is it possible for states to enact such legislation that it’s upto the individual at what time he/she can allow the organs to be taken? Yes, but right now the law is either they can take them or not -no inbetween!

    #853677

    Toi
    Participant

    Sam2- i didnt read all the arguments against you but ill just say that you “feeling” all the gedolim/poskim have erred, and the fact that your argument is clearly an emotional one discredits you entirely. Not only in this shmooze, but any other. Cuz anytime you state what you think the halachah is, every other poster here is gonna go “hmm, wheres this guy coming from….” . I think you should just give it up.

    #853678

    hello99
    Participant

    Sam: After you accused the Gedolei HaPoskim in EY of reckless endangering Jewish lives due to their ignorance, and it was subsequently proven that you were the misinformed party; I would expect to see a little contrition on your part.

    #853679

    hello99
    Participant

    Sam: I still must disagree with you from both a Halachic and practical perspective.

    Furthermore, your definition of Eiva is excessively broad. All of the cases mentioned in Shas and Poskim are where the Yid is refusing to assist a Goy purely due to the fact that he is not Jewish. We only find concern of Eiva when confronted with this blatant discrimination; however, here we are not suggesting that one donate his organs to Jews and not Goyim. When a Jew declines to donate his organs in general to anyone for religious reasons, there is no indication that a concern of Eiva exists. In fact, Rashi Bava Metzia 32b s.v. ?? ???? ??? ???????? clearly states that when one can explain that he cannot assist the non-Jew to load his donkey with Yayin Nesech for religious reasons, Eiva no longer applies. This is cited in the Beis Yosef CM 272.

    In fact, it is clear from the Gemara Avoda Zara 26a and Shulchan Aruch OC 330:2 that one may even discriminate between Jews and non-Jews when a credible excuse is given.

    Additionally, we only find Eiva when a Yid refuses a direct request for assistance. Merely failing to sign an organ donor card is not comparable.

    On the practical angle, I have not seen an organ donor card that allows one to specify that one ONLY wishes to donate after cardiac death. Most do not differentiate at all, and once one has signed there is no guarantee that they will not murder the brain-dead signatory to use his organs.

    In fact, the secular world considers brain death the more reliable indicator of the cessation of life. Many states and hospitals do not accept cardiac death from their moral perspective and will refuse to remove organs from a patient who has suffered cardiac arrest. They would understand any stipulation of cardiac death in a living will as including EVEN an individual who has merely undergone cardiac death, and not as excluding a brain dead person.

    By way of illustration, less than 5% of deaths are brain deaths, but they comprise 92% of organ donations. Most US hospitals cannot, or will not, accept organs from one who has suffered cardiac death. They will ONLY accept organs from a brain dead, but Halachically alive, patient.

    In conclusion, anyone who signs consent to donate his organs is asking to be murdered, and there is no Heter due to Eiva even when truly dead.

    #853680

    ☕ DaasYochid ☕
    Participant

    Hello99,

    Although most of your post sounds right, most importantly the conclusion, one point puzzles me. You write that eivah is only mattir “minor” issurim, but it seems that the poskim are mattir doctors and volunteer ambulance personnel to do melacha on Shabbos to save a non-Jew.

    #853681

    real sources
    Member

    Brain death is an invention of the docotors as a way of permitting transplants. At the time the first transpants were performed Rav Moshe wrote that taking a heart is murder

    ??”? ????? ??? ???? ??? ??? ? ???? ??? ?? ????? ??? ??????? ??????? ????? ???? ?????? ??? ????? ??? ????? ???, ??????? ????? ?? ?? ????? ???? ??? ?? ????? ??? ?? ?? ?? ?”? ???? ????? ????? ??? ?????? ????, ??? ?? ????? ??????? ??? ??? ??????? ???? ?????? ?????? ??? ??

    any letter implying a retraction has never been understood that way by his sons.or by the leading poskim

    ???? ??”? ???? ???? ????? (? – ?) ???? ?? ???? ??”? “??? ?????? ???? ???? ?? ???? ?????? ??”? ??? ??”? ???? ??”?, ??? ??? ???? ?????? ?????. ?? ????”? ??? ???? ?? “??? ????? ?????” ?”?? ???? ????? ???? ????? ???? ????”, ?”? ?????? ??? ???????? ???? ?? ?? ????? ?? ??????? ?????? “????? ???? ????? ?????? ??????”, ???? ???? ?? ????? ??? ???? ???”? ??? ??? ???? ????? ??? ?? ?? ??????? ?? ???? ?? ????, ????? ??? ???? ????? ??? ??? ?? ????? ????? ??????, ??? ??? ???? ??? ??? ?? ????? ??? ?? ???? ???? ???? ?????? ????? ???? ????? ?? ????? ???????”.

    #853682

    Sam2
    Participant

    Hello: As DaasYochid said, we allow people to be Mechalel Shabbos Mishum Eivah, even in cases where the Poskim mention possible good excuses that can be given. And I haven’t looked into this in at least a year, but I was informed when I did that there was a way (at least in the places that I asked lawyers and doctors about) to have a card that says that organs can only be taken after cardiac death. And I already amended to say that I only did this in America, not Israel, so I didn’t accuse the Poskim in Israel of anything. I apologize if it was taken that way.

    #853683

    hello99
    Participant

    Sam: “we allow people to be Mechalel Shabbos Mishum Eivah, even in cases where the Poskim mention possible good excuses that can be given”

    Can you bring a source for this statement that contradicts Mishna Berura and other sources that I cited?

    “And I already amended to say that I only did this in America, not Israel”

    You ammended it only after your tirade against “this is Machshil es Harabbim and Gorem Sakanas Nefashos for many Jews, especially those in Eretz Yisrael”. You are not being honest to claim “so I didn’t accuse the Poskim in Israel of anything”

    #853684

    Sam2
    Participant

    Hello: I meant the Sakanah was for Jews in E”Y, not the Poskim there. Sorry. That’s my fault. And it’s a famous T’shuvah in the Chassam Sofer about a doctor on Shabbos. I don’t remember the precise Siman.

    #853685

    zahavasdad
    Participant

    Rav Moshe did not allow receiving heart transplates or even open heart surgery, he considered doctors who performed the transplants to be committing murder.

    Since open heart surgery and heart transplants require the stoppage of a heart beating (They use some heart machine)

    #853686

    hello99
    Participant

    Sam: So, you meant to accuse the Poskim in the USA of creating Sakana for the Yidden of EY??? I find that hard to believe.

    I’ll have to look for this Chasam Sofer myself since you seem unconcered to find any sources to support your besmirching Gedolei HaPoskim.

    You haven’t addressed the other issues, that even if Eiva existed on a d’Oraisa it wouldn’t be relevant in the case of an organ donor.

    #853687

    Zahavasdad, that is a point I have been making for a while. People who undergo bypass surgery where heartbeat and respiration have been stopped or people who go into cardiac arrest and have to be resuscitated are halachicly dead during that period and all halachos pertaining thereto apply. Is wife becomes an almonah and is free to marry. His sons become his heirs and he no longer owns any property.

    I one is scheduled for heart surgery one should take halachic action to secure his property and must re-marry his wife upon his recovery.

    P.S. If you want to say that such folks aren’t really dead, please explain why not. It appears to me that we can be mechayei meisim under these certain limited circumstances. that is one of the conditions of b’tzelem Elokim. Of course, HKBH has unlimited ability to be mechayei meisim.

    #853688

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    Sam: This is stopping to make any sense. If you are modeh that the Israelis are not allowed to donate, then your argument is only that the goyim are not sending organs to israel because the frum jews all over the world don’t donate.

    So again, Your theory is this:

    If israel would still not do organ donation, but the couple hundred thousand frum jews in the rest of the world would do organ donation, then the goyim would send organs to israel, even though israel is still not doing it!

    Interesting. Would you like to buy a bridge?

    #853689

    Health
    Participant

    Sam2 -“(at least in the places that I asked lawyers and doctors about) to have a card that says that organs can only be taken after cardiac death. And I already amended to say that I only did this in America,”

    Knowing a lot about law, but even more about medicine -I’m sorry to say -I think you were duped by this/these guy(s). So let’s say your card says only after cessation of the heart -what are the consequences if they don’t listen? Do you think the Gov. would consider this murder or any of the lower classifications such as manslaughter? Of course not! Do they get jail time? I highly doubt it. It’s probably only a tort and how are you going to prove they took it before heart death? From people in the room testifying against them when they are the only people in the room? So having such a card in reality means absolutely nothing!

    It’s even possible that unscrupulous people would try and take organs from non-organ donors, but this is very unlikely because in this case the Gov. would probably come down very hard.

    If you hold that the death criteria acc. to Halacha is heart and/or breathing stoppage -there is no Mokom whatsoever to Meikel to be an organ donor. The fact that you keep making up these scenarios to fit your Shiita is very problematic!

    I’m sorry to say Sam, but your posts here are bordering on Megaleh Ponim B’torah Shelo K’halacha!

    #853690

    Sam2
    Participant

    RK: I thought the same thing and asked that to Rav Schachter. He quoted Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach that if someone who suffers cardiac arrest’s heartbeat returns then Iglaui Milsa Lemafreah that he was never really dead. An arrhythmic heartbeat doesn’t cause Halachic death. This would be the same as a really long arrhythmic heartbeat.

    #853691

    Health
    Participant

    RK – The Poskim have said since it’s common to come back after cardiac arrest and/or being put on a by-pass machine – during that time you aren’t considered dead. If they don’t attempt to resuscitate you -then death is at the time of stoppage. If they do -then death is at the time they call the code (resuscitation).

    #853692

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    Rav Moshe did not allow receiving heart transplates or even open heart surgery, he considered doctors who performed the transplants to be committing murder.

    It is also possible that he did not allow it because the mortality rates from such surgeries was very high and the life expectancy of the patient was rather low.

    Those conditions, thank God, no longer exist. Do you know of any *contemporary* poskim who prohibit heart surgery across-the-board?

    The Wolf

    #853693

    hershi
    Member

    PBA and Sam: Outside Israel (ie in the US) there is no statistics or record keeping of donors vs. non-donors based on religion. So no one would be the wiser if we are on donors lists in Chutz. And certainly no one would retaliate.

    #853694

    hello99
    Participant

    Sam: OK, I found it. The Chasam Sofer is YD 131 and CM 194. However, he does not allow Chilul Shabbos for any ordinary Eiva, he requires a concrete risk of Sakana to abstain from saving the Goy. In his words ?? ?? ????? ?? ??? ????. So, you still have no source that would permit an Issur d’Oraisa due to some vague risk of resentment at a lower rate of Jewish organ donors. Furthermore, the Mishna Berura 330:8 disagrees even with this very limited leniency and writes that the doctors who save non-Jews on Shabbos are ????? ??? ?????? ?????.

    #853695

    Sam2
    Participant

    Hello: I was unaware of that Mishnah Berurah. Rav Schachter always quotes that Chassam Sofer Lehalachah. We see that the Eivah exists and that it comes from the perception that Jews refuse to donate organs to save lives. Anything we can do to change that perception helps. Besides, if the Chareidi population of E”Y would be willing to be post-cardiac (and only post-cardiac) death organ donors then I guarantee you that the Israeli doctors would start using their organs. They have no other choice. So even if the Metzius in E”Y is as mentioned above, it could very easily be changed, especially if the Poskim would say that post-cardiac death harvesting is allowed.

    And just as an amazing Mar’eh Makom, see the Ben Yehoyadah on Pesaching 49b, I think.

    #853696

    Health
    Participant

    Sam2 -“Besides, if the Chareidi population of E”Y would be willing to be post-cardiac (and only post-cardiac) death organ donors then I guarantee you that the Israeli doctors would start using their organs. They have no other choice. So even if the Metzius in E”Y is as mentioned above, it could very easily be changed, especially if the Poskim would say that post-cardiac death harvesting is allowed.”

    Again, you’re living in your own little dream world. Once you say anywhere either here or in Israel that they can take your organs, what guarantee does anybody have that they will adhere to your wishes of only after cardiac death? There is nothing to be scared of, unless the Govs. of these countries pass laws that have some teeth in them. Right now, it’s very simple for anybody to say, no matter what they actually do, -“I took them after the cardiac death -prove I didn’t!”

    #853697

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    So I started to get a little curios about this, so I went to the Halachic organ people’s website.

    So they have a video of Rav Dovid Feinstien which they label as him “encouraging” organ donation. So if you watch the video, you see that he says not to. He says that if there is a person in front of you who will get the heart, and the patient is “dead” which he defines as no longer breathing, then you should give it. But that you shouldn’t put the heart into the organ pool.

    #853698

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    Also, reading their site made me not want to accept an organ either. When you accept an organ, they wait until you are ready, and then kill the donor and cut out his/her organ to give to you. So basically you are killing him.

    It seems that this is muttar even according to the rov poskim who say to not donate. I don’t exactly know why. But either way, it still kind of bothers me.

    Maybe I’d go to china where at least they are killing convicts. (Actually, their site had a thing from Rav Elyashiv that you can’t get organs in china.)

    #853699

    hello99
    Participant

    OK, so you vehemently accused the Gedolei HaPoskim of recklessly endangering Jewish lives due to ignorance, while you were personally uninformed regarding both the Metzius and the Halacha.

    We certainly know that anti-Semitism exists, but where do you see that an Eiva that leads to Sakana is caused by lack of Jewish organ donors??? That is the threshold cited by the Chasam Sofer; his Heter is more accurately termed Sakana than Eiva. Anti-Semitism long preceded organ transplants, and no one permitted Issurim due to a vague resentment.

    Are you suggesting that the Arabs would cease their terrorist attacks and skin-heads would leave us alone if we merely started donating organs??? If you can prove that, I will grant you that the Chasam Sofer would likely permit organ donation after cardiac death.

    Reb Moshe OC 4:79 also favors the Chasam Sofer over the Mishna Berura; however, he interprets it as I did to require a concrete concern of Sakana.

    #853700

    Sam2
    Participant

    Hello99: I love that Mareh Makom and would love to say it Lema’aseh (unfortunately, I don’t have that Koach; I do think it’s an amazing P’shat in the Gemara though). I take it a step further too. The Gemara says Afilu Beyom Hakippurim B’afilu B’shabbos because it’s Pikuach Nefesh and therefore Muttar even on Shabbos and Y”K.

    There are endless articles and publications about why specifically countries and people won’t give organs to Jews/Israelis because Jews refuse to donate organs. Look around online if you have the stomach to read anti-Semitic writings.

    #853701

    hershi
    Member

    Sam: I dont know about Israel, but ANYWHERE outside Israel JEWS are NOT discriminated against as a group regardless of how low their donor rates are. In fact, no one even knows what the Jewish rate is, since stats and records are not kept by religion. So there is NO EIVA.

    #853702

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    There are endless articles and publications about why specifically countries and people won’t give organs to Jews/Israelis because Jews refuse to donate organs. Look around online if you have the stomach to read anti-Semitic writings.

    Wait, you got the information from anti-semitic websites? I thought you had reliable information.

    Next you’re going to start a thread about how we should not kill their lord and savior, in order to not have aiva.

    #853703

    Health
    Participant

    PBA -“So basically you are killing him.

    It seems that this is muttar even according to the rov poskim who say to not donate. I don’t exactly know why.”

    I already posted why -above.

    Ain Sholiach L’dvar Aveira!

    #853705

    gregaaron
    Member

    @health:

    Something becomes ???? because of ??? ???? ???? ?????? Seriously? Isn’t there a concept called ???? ???.

    Also, someone mentioned earlier that there is a difference in Halacha with regard to a ????? – unless I am very mistaken, all that means is that if one were to kill him this person would not be subject to ???? ?”?; I would be very surprised to hear that doing so is actually allowed.

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    #853706

    hello99
    Participant

    #853707

    Sam2
    Participant

    Hello: I am saying that from what I was told by many people that some places (in Europe especially) refuse to give organs to Jews/Israelis because organ donors themselves have preference for receiving organs and that they think that all Jews refuse to donate organs. That’s the Eivah I’m talking about and it’s quite direct. Although you are correct in this case in that any Melacha for a Refuah can be turned into a Melachah Sh’ein Tzarich L’gufa. Does the Chassam Sofer actually say that himself though? I feel like it’s one of his Tzdadim maybe but I don’t quite recall.

    #853708

    Health
    Participant

    gregaaron -“@Health:

    Something becomes ???? because of ??? ???? ???? ?????? Seriously? Isn’t there a concept called ???? ???.”

    Lifnei Ever is only for a Yid, regarding the advice part. To be Oiver for a Goy this Issur -you need a Maaseh. Like selling them weapons. (The Chinuch) Most people in the world are Goyim. This would include transplant teams.

    “Also, someone mentioned earlier that there is a difference in Halacha with regard to a ????? – unless I am very mistaken, all that means is that if one were to kill him this person would not be subject to ???? ?”?; I would be very surprised to hear that doing so is actually allowed.”

    It’s not, but Ain Sholiach L’dvar Aveira.

    #853709

    Doswin
    Member

    Sam2: There is NO discrimination against Jews in Europe who are seeking an organ.

    #853710

    cherrybim
    Participant

    “and that they think that all Jews refuse to donate organs. That’s the Eivah”

    Yes, and based on the responses posted here, it would appear that the goyim are correct, especially for today’s yeshiveshe types.

    The same would apply to other civic duties, i.e., Jews joining the military; serving on jury panels; giving to secular charities; voting; etc.

    #853711

    Health
    Participant

    Bim -Cherry -“Yes, and based on the responses posted here, it would appear that the goyim are correct, especially for today’s yeshiveshe types.”

    Oh – but you seem to magically forget we don’t give organs to anyone. Some of us practice the religion of Judaism, while some of us practice the religion of assimilation. It’s Ossur to donate organs. So if this causes hatred -this isn’t called Eiva -it’s called Antisemitism. Eiva is only were we treat Yidden different than Goyim.

    “The same would apply to other civic duties, i.e., Jews joining the military; serving on jury panels; giving to secular charities; voting; etc.”

    I don’t know what country you live in, but here in the US of A, all these things, last I heard, were voluntary. Maybe in some people’s minds you have to do those things acc. to law, but that’s Not reality. And Jews don’t have special exemptions from Jury duty more than anyone else. If you’re called -then you go. If they get excused because of a reason/exemption -this exemption is for e/o, not just Jews!

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