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God Squad Review CLXVIII (Organ Donation)

May 8, 2006 | 7 Comments

Can you get into Heaven if you’re only “part” Jewish? a reader asks the Squad. Actually, what the questioner wants to know is whether Jews who have lost or donated organs can get by the Pearly Gates in their incomplete state. The Squad responds that “[I]n conformity to the teachings of all the Abrahamic faiths, in case of death, any organs that can be donated to save a life ought to be donated.”

The answer is itself incomplete, and a little misleading. First, it doesn’t address that part of the question which asks whether people whose body parts have simply been lost — without transplantation into somebody else — get into Heaven. Since we know that God hates amputees, I’d think those who lose pieces of themselves gratuitously are going to Hell. This would include most Jews (think: circumcision) and a quite a few others (think: appendectomy, haircut).

Second, the notion that admitting partial people to Heaven conforms with Abrahamaic law is questionable. The Squad previously answered the same question when posed by a Catholic who wanted to know whether organ donation compromises Jesus’ ability to effect bodily resurrections. Far from defending this “ancient wisdom,” the Squad opined that “[w]ith the advent of new anti-rejection drugs, the life-saving aspects of organ donation simply override the old theological concerns” and added that the same result now obtains under Jewish law.

Nevertheless, the Squad concludes that religious law trumps at least some scientific practices. For example, they assert that “donating a cadaver for medical research is against Jewish law because it prevents burial of the dead.” But once again, they invent a loophole to avoid the consequences of this obsolete dogma: “A researcher may perform a mikvah (good deed) by consuming the corpse upon the completion of his study, thereby effecting the equivalent of a series of permitted, and spiritually sound, organ donations.”

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7 Responses to “God Squad Review CLXVIII (Organ Donation)”

  1. shlemazl
    May 8th, 2006 @ 10:48 pm

    You silly infidel. You got it all wrong. May I just point out that

    1. It was the Jewish god that invented organ donation. That’s how he made Eve.

    2. It was Christen god that invented sperm donation. That’s how he made Mary pregnant.

    3, It was Muslim God that invented blood donation. That’s why Muslims chant “With our soul and blood we will redeem you Palestine”

  2. shiva
    May 9th, 2006 @ 8:13 am

    4. It was Hinduism who invented limb’s donation. Tha’s why kali has ten arms. (she loves to give hugs)

  3. Tenspace
    May 9th, 2006 @ 9:25 am

    And it was Scientology that invented brain donation. How else to explain the lack of normal thought processes among its members?

  4. El Judio Bravo
    May 10th, 2006 @ 10:09 am

    A mikvah is a Jewish ritual bath, required for symbolic purification and is used to immerse one’s body upon formal conversion to Judaism. The word you need is mitzvah. Literally a “commandment”, it has also come to mean a righteous or kind deed. Just looking for accuracy in terminology, that’s all.

  5. bernarda
    May 13th, 2006 @ 7:39 am

    Israelis have a peculiar idea of organ-doning. They use the organs of Palestinian children they kill.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4417354.stm

    It is entirely self-destructive for Palestinians to “donate” the organs because that will only encourage the Israelis to continue their policy. But, most Palestinians are desperately poor, so it probably isn’t too difficult for the Israelis to convince them and probably doesn’t cost Israel that much.

    ” Zionist Minister of Health Nessim Dahhan said in response to a question by Arab member of the Zionist Parliament ‘Knesset’, Ahmed Teibi, on Tuesday that he couldn’t deny that organs of Palestinian youths and children killed by the Israeli forces were taken out for transplants or scientific research.

    “I couldn’t say for sure that something like that (taking out the organs) didn’t happen.”

    Teibi said he had received credible evidence proving that Israeli doctors at the forensic institute extracted such vital organs as the heart, kidneys, and liver from the bodies of Palestinian youths and children killed by the Israeli Army in Gaza and the West Bank.

    The Israeli authorities normally detain the bodies of martyred Palestinians for a few days without any explanation.

    The Israeli Army on December 30 killed three Palestinian boys, aged 14-15 near Khan Younis in unclear circumstances.

    The army issued conflicting reports on the killing, while Palestinian sources charged that Israeli troops murdered the three unarmed boys in cold blood.

    The bodies of the three boys were handed over to the Palestinians for burial on 6 January.

    However, shortly before burial, Palestinian medical authorities examined the bodies and found out that the main vital organs were missing from the bodies.”

    http://www.voicesofpalestine.org/outrageous/organtraffic.asp

    Scroll down to story.

  6. Brian Macker
    May 17th, 2006 @ 10:04 pm

    bernarda said:
    “Israelis have a peculiar idea of organ-doning. They use the organs of Palestinian children they kill.”

    Did you use the same mental processes to arrive at the belief that socialism is a good thing as you did in arriving at this sentence.

    As a matter of fact the two sentences are disingenous as presented. Frankly this is a pretty vile mischaracterization of what actually happened. What a twisted mind you have.

  7. The Atheist Jew
    May 20th, 2006 @ 10:06 pm

    Brian, Bernanda is an insane anti-semite who has been barred on many message boards for her vile Jew hating.

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