Have I given more than I’ve taken, or taken more than I’ve given? Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz examines this question by reflecting on his own experience with kidney donation. Taking us through ... the personal, emotional, and halakhic reasons behind his decision to donate a kidney, Rabbi Yanklowitz explores the traditional basis for Jewish hesitation around organ donation, and ultimately concludes that not only is this act permitted for many individuals, but it may also be a mitzvah.See lessSee more
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In the 1950s, if you asked your rabbi about kidney donation, he would have been unsure about what Jewish law said about the procedure. To be on the safe side, he might have said it was forbidden. Now, rabbis are more likely to call it a mitzvah.
When we pass from this world and our bodies enter the ground, do we merely wish to be remembered or do we wish to give the gift of life to others? For the medical, economic, and moral wellbeing of our society, the United States must change its policy on organ donation requirements.
Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz shares why he is donating his kidney to a stranger tomorrow morning.
President & Dean | Valley Beit Midrash
Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz is a social justice activist and educator, and serves as the President and Dean of Valley Beit Midrash in Scottsdale, AZ. He is also the Founder and President of Uri L’Tzedek, the Founder and CEO of The Shamayim V’Aretz Institute, and the author of ten books. He also recently founded and heads YATOM: The Jewish Foster & Adoption Network. Shmuly holds a BA from the Univerity of Texas, an MA in in Leadership and Psychology from Harvard University, MA in Jewish Philosophy from Yeshiva University, PhD in Moral Development and Epistemology from Columbia University, and received rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. He has taught as an instructor of moral philosophy at Barnard College and at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. Previously, Rabbi Yanklowitz has served as a congregational rabbi, campus Senior Jewish Educator, and Hillel Director of Jewish Life. Rabbi Yanklowtz served at the World Economic Forum in Geneva and Davos, Switzerland as the rabbinic representative, facilitator, and motivational speaker..