Medical Ethics

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Donating Blood

  1. It is permissible and a mitzvah to donate blood, as it is used to save lives.[1]

Organ Donation

  1. One may donate an organ which without, the donor will have full health with no detrimental effects. [2]

Heart Transplant

  1. A heart transplant isn't allowed since it is a major dispute if taking a live heart is considered killing the donor.[3]

End of life care

Allocation of medical supplies


  1. Rav Yitzchak Yosef (Motzei Shabbat Kedoshim 5779 min 1)
  2. See Yachava Daat 3:84, Tzitz Eliezer 9:45, Minchat Yitzchak 5:7. Similarly, Rav Asher Weiss (Aguda Teleconference, April 6, 2020, min 20-22) stated that donating a kidney isn’t risk free but it is minimally dangerous and it is life saving and therefore it is a middat chasidut to do it.
  3. Rav Yitzchak Yosef (Motzei Shabbat Kedoshim 5779 min 10)