End of Life
When it's acceptable to use a "living will" to end treatment of terminally ill patients
Traditional rabbinic authorities forbid instigating the death of a terminally ill patient.
Even if we are unable to fully fix what's broken, we can begin to make a difference by stepping forward.
The Torah prohibits murder, and the Talmud maintains the prohibition on active killing, even with the terminally ill.
Contemporary Jewish thinkers have expressed a wide range of opinions about the permissibility and parameters of euthanasia.
During aninut, the phase between death and burial, the despairing mourner is freed of ritual obligations.
Mourning customs reflect the depersonalization and distance from God experienced by the mourner who has just confronted the death of a close relative.
After learning the results of an experiment involving a decapitated sheep, Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach decided to permit organ donations.
These stories are passed on as teachings about how to die.
Hasidic lessons on facing end of life.