Yair Ettinger and Dan Even (Haaretz)

Israeli Rabbinate Okays Bill Equating Brain Death With End of Life

Rabbinical figures around the world were astonished by the Chief Rabbinate Council’s decision Tuesday, which stated that a Knesset bill equating brain death with the end of life “is in line with halakha [Jewish law].”The bill would allow organs to be taken from a deceased person before his heart has stopped beating — an essential condition for removing vital organs such as the heart, lungs and liver for transplant.