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Monday, October 13, 2014 

Haredi extremist stops organ donation program for community

A purported leader of Eda Haredit doesn't want the Haredi society to donate organs to save lives:
A rabbis' project encouraging organ donations will not take place at the Hadassah Medical Center following an explicit request from the leader of the extremist Eda Haredit organization.

As first reported by Ynet's local news portal, Mynet, Hadassah doctors and about 50 rabbis gathered recently for a seminar aimed at encouraging families to donate their deceased loved one's organs.

[...] According to hospital officials, the initiative aimed to train rabbis to stand by the families when the patients are proclaimed brain-dead and help them make the tough decision to donate their organs.

Following the report, leaflets against the hospital were distributed in the city's haredi synagogues, claiming that Hadassah was working to "harvest patients' lives." The anger stemmed from a halachic dispute between strict ultra-Orthodox scholars and other rabbis who are more lenient regarding the issue of determining the time of death.

Meanwhile, the hospital was approached by associates of the Eda Haredit leader, Rabbi Yitzhak Tuvia Weiss, who demanded that the project be stopped immediately. According to one of the associates, the hospital rabbi accepted the demand.

A Hadassah official with knowledge of the details confirmed that the project would not take place in the hospital, saying that "rumors were spread in the haredi sector that Hadassah was holding rabbinical conferences, and all kinds of irrational elements were brought into the affair."

After a clarification talk, the parties agreed to continue their cooperation without offering the hospital patients any rabbinical guidance.
So they're cooperating with a man who's otherwise a scoundrel? Mighty poor judgement there. But maybe not as disturbing as the libel they were trying to distribute that sounds vaguely reminiscent of a Swedish libel the UN adopted. What, they don't want their constituents to help save the lives of other Jews who could use an organ transplant? No, I guess they don't want to fulfill Torah values no matter how much they say they embrace them.

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