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When Jews Make End of Life Decisions

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Publication Date: January 2001

Publisher(s): National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (U.S.)

Author(s): Vanessa L. Ochs

Series: CLAL Community and Society Archive

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Medical Ethics; Jewish Values; Spirituality

Type: Brief

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).