The Ottawa Citizen reports:
…Rabbi Reuven Bulka, who has worked for years as an advocate for organ donation and was recently named chairman of the board of the Trillium Gift of Life Network, says people oppose organ donation, even within the Jewish faith. But he says they haven't thought the issue through.
"Many lay people say, 'We've grown up with the idea that when you are buried, you have to be buried whole.'
"So I say, 'Didn't you also grow up with the idea that saving life is the all-encompassing and overarching Jewish value that supplants every other value? Are you telling me that the obligation to bury a person whole is so sacred that it trumps saving a life?'"
Rabbi Bulka says that the obligation of burying the body with all its parts was valid before the 20th century. But it was trumped by modern medicine and the obligation to save life, and not idly stand by while the blood of your neighbour is being spilled.
A person who has a diseased kidney removed is not offending God because he is only buried with one kidney, notes the rabbi.
"It's an emotional thing and it's hard to dent because it keeps on coming up. It's frustrating," says Rabbi Bulka. "When are we going to get to the point where people get it, because it's so obvious."…
This "obvious" life saving, this so-called "overarching Jewish value" to save life, is missed by the vast majority of haredi rabbis who, in a typical haredi manner forbid their followers from donating organs but, at the same time, allow their followers to receive organs, largely because the organs are usually harvested from non-Jews.
Haredim consume this precious resource but rarely, if ever, contribute to it.
If a non-Jewish group refused to donate organs but haredim did donate, and if Jews were the majority of these organ donors and the members of that non-Jewish group demanded donated organs for their own use, bumping Jews further down recipient lists and assuredly killing some of them as a result, haredim would be the first to demand this non-Jewish group not receive organs.
It is a testament to the kindness of Americans and non-Haredi Israeli Jews that haredim are given organ transplants at all.
But, of course, as our holy gedolim teach, Eisav hates Ya'akov, goyyim hate Jews. So it won't be long before goyyim stop this kindness and push all Jews off the recipient lists. The same will happen in Israel where, as we all know, secular Israelis are no different from goyyim because they have thrown off the yoke of our Holy Torah, the same Holy Torah that forbids haredim from donating organs in the first place.
And what of Rabbi Bulka? Isn't he frum? No, children, Rabbi Bulka is "modern." Modern rabbis are not frum. And, as we all know, there is no difference between Modern Orthodox and Conservative or even Reform, God forbid – they're all pretty much goyyim anyway.</end sarcasm>
The above note was added as a kindness to save ed, Edd, Meyer, Archie Bunker, and so many others the trouble of posting the same information as serious, non-sarcastic comments in the comments section below.