Cerebro-Respiratory Death and Organ Donation for Transplantation:
Halachic Concurrence with the Legislation
Translated by David Fink, Ph.D.
The Decision of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate Council
In the presence of:
Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, Chairman of the Council
Chief Sefardic Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar
Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen
Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu
Rabbi Yosef Glicksberg
Rabbi Yitzchak Ralbag
Rabbi Yehuda Deri
Rabbi Avraham Yosef
Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro
Rabbi Yaakov Roger
Mr. Oded Wiener, Director of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate
Mr. Ulman, Esq., Legal Counsel to the Chief Rabbinate
Rabbi Prof. Avraham Steinberg
Rabbi Prof. Yigal Shafran
Rabbi Dr. Mordechai Halperin
On Wednesday, Tishrei 4th 5770, (September 22nd 2009)
The Chief Rabbinate Council
acknowledges the survey of developments in establishing
human death since the Chief Rabbinate decision of Sunday, the 1st of Heshvan 5747.
2. The Chief Rabbinate Council certifies that the Brain and Respiratory Death Law of 5768 (2008), passed by the Knesset on the 17th of Adar II 5768 (March 24th 2008) and in force since 9th of Sivan 5769 (June 1st 2009), fulfills the requirements of the Chief Rabbinate as of the 1st of Heshvan 5747.
3. The Chief Rabbinate Council calls upon physicians to honor – in accord with the law – the position of the families who do not accept the criteria of brain and respiratory death in establishing the moment of death in accord with the opinions of their rabbis and to continue ventilating such patients until cardiac function ceases.