The tragedy of involuntary human death often makes us forget about those who in pain who wish they could die. The Knesset today voted overwhelmingly (22-3, with 1 abstention) to legalize passive euthanasia by means of a timed clock with shuts down a patients respirator. Assisted suicide and witholding nourishment, (apparently) in conflict with halacha, remain unavailable. The committee who wrote the bill was headed by Prof. Avraham Steinberg, an Orthodox rabbi, pediatric neurologist, medical ethicist and winner of the Israel Prize for his encyclopedic work on Jewish medical ethics. He claims:
I am very satisfied with the bill. It is very balanced and will offer answers in all situations.
So now all Muffti needs to know is, does Rabbi Yonah approve?
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