Is It Right To Give Kidney to Jews Only?

Paul Berger’s in-depth story about Renewal, an Orthodox group that promotes life-saving kidney transplants, mostly resulted in only praise for the group’s incredible success in making ultra-Orthodox Jews to give away their organs at an amazingly high rate.

In fact, other groups, such as African-Americans, see the group’s activities as a model that could be used to save lives in their communities.

But along with the plaudits did come some troubling questions.

Is it wrong for Jews to donate kidneys on the condition that they go to other Jews? Avi Bass argues this model is far from discriminatory — it’s ideal.

Berger asked himself much the same question. But he didn’t find the answer to be so clear cut.

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