Last updated on: 11/1/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Chabad-Lubavitch Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“[T]he Torah demands that we look at the following considerations… Dying is a process of separation of body and soul. Sometimes this divorce is sudden; sometimes it is protracted. We have to be careful not to unduly suspend or interrupt this process. Where lies the ‘bright line’ between hastening death and allowing it carry it course?

Essentially, the key components of Jewish tradition are:

  1. Our life belongs to G-d, who entrusted it to us to care for it and preserve it.
  2. Hence euthanasia, and all forms of it, are rejected by Jewish law. Life is G-d’s choice in us. As long as a person breathes and the soul is in the body, life has absolute and irrevocable value…”

“Soul Talk: End-of-life Issues and Dilemmas,” www.chabad.org (accessed Oct. 16, 2009)

Description:

“Chabad-Lubavitch is a philosophy, a movement, and an organization. It is considered to be the most dynamic force in Jewish life today…

Following its inception 250 years ago, the Chabad-Lubavitch movement- a branch of Hasidism- swept through Russia and spread in surrounding countries as well. It provided scholars with answers that eluded them and simple farmers with a love that had been denied them. Eventually the philosophy of Chabad-Lubavitch and its adherents reached almost every corner of the world and affected almost every facet of Jewish life.”

“About Chabad-Lubavitch,” www.chabad.org (accessed Oct. 20, 2009)

Mission:

“Utilize internet technology to unite Jews worldwide, empower them with knowledge of their 3,300 year-old tradition, and foster within them a deeper connection to Judaism’s rituals and faith.”

“About Chabad.org: Our Mission,” www.chabad.org (accessed Oct. 20, 2009)

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