Saving Lives is A Mitzvah

Why Registering as an Organ Donor is Important

Madelyn Siegel

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Every day, ten people are added to a list of over 100,000 names. This list consists of people patiently hoping to be the lucky ones chosen to receive a new healthy and properly functioning organ.

Ninety-five percent of Americans are in support of organ donations, yet only 60% are registered as organ donors. 

With more than 100,000 people currently on the national organ donation waiting list, it is of utmost importance that as many individuals register to become organ donors as possible. 

Becoming an organ donor is simple, you can register at the DMV when you receive or renew your license or you can register online. And as teens as young as sixteen are obtaining their drivers’ licenses, it is important that we inform this age bracket on the benefits of registering as organ donors. 

Danny S., a de Toledo senior, says “Why not help people when you are healthy and can provide for others?… it’s a mitzvah to do these things, and it says in the Torah if you can help others you should help them—that’s why I decided to register as an organ donor.” 

Danny’s logic with regard to Jewish law is exactly right. The Torah commands us in Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5 that saving a life is equal to saving an entire world. And by registering as an organ donor, you have the potential of saving eight lives—imagine saving eight worlds!

In a survey sent out to the school, Rabbi Vorspan states, “ I believe Jewish Law is clear: organ donations save lives! It is not only allowed, it is required.” 

We can all help save lives, and it is crucial to understand the importance of organ donations to help better the lives of others who aren’t as fortunate to have healthy, functioning organs.