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Question 12.32:
Does Judaism permit organ donation?


The act of donating organs does honor to the deceased; many of those about to die would gladly forego any other honor and donate organs for this purpose (Kid. 32; Shulhan Arukh Yoreh Deah 364.1, 368.1; Isserles Responsa #327). Note that if you plan on donating organs, you should always make sure your family is aware of your wishes.

For more information, take a look at A good contact on Organ Donation is the Southern California Organ Procurement Center,

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