When Jews Make End of Life Decisions
Publication Date: January 2001
Author(s): Vanessa L. Ochs
Series: CLAL Community and Society Archive
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Medical Ethics; Jewish Values; Spirituality
Coverage: United States
The author analyzes aspects of Jewish tradition that emotionally and spiritually speak to individuals who are nearing the end of their lives. She looks to eight principles that she believes are internalized facets of Judaism - Kavod (Honor), Goral (Fate), Rofeh Cholim (Healer of the Sick), Tzelem Elohim (Being in the Image of God), Menschlikeit (Being a really good person), Shalom Bayit (Keeping the peace), and B'shert (It's meant to be so).