Jews who keep Torah and mitzvos may sign on to obtain an Adi organ donor card announced HaGaon HaRav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg Shlita, a member of the Yerushalayim High Beis Din and son-in-law of the former posek of the generation, HaRav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt”l. Rav Goldberg made his comments in an interview to the European rabbinical publication “HaNa’aseh V’Nishma”.
The dayan made his remarks in response to the relatively new law passed in Knesset pertaining to organ donations. The law (HERE) was condemned by the chareidi community, and the Eida Chareidis even called on followers to sign a card opposing the organ donations.
In the comprehensive interview, Rav Goldberg addressed numerous issues, including the need to write a “sefer yuchasin” (genealogy) and the prohibition against leaving Eretz Yisroel. Dayan Goldberg comes out favoring the organ donation program, taking a view contradicting United Torah Judaism party officials and the Eida Chareidis.
Rav Goldberg has spent years involved in the issue of determining the moment of death, rendering him well-suited to release such a ruling. Rav Goldberg points out that his father-in-law Rav Shlomo Zalman was very strict on this matter, while others disagreed with his view, and each person is compelled to follow the derech of his rav.
Rav Goldberg adds the stipulation that one must be certain to sign the optional clause that the time of death is to be determined by a competent rav, one chosen by the family of the deceased, adding he advises that the name of this rav also be stipulated. (Ladaat.net).
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)