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Oct 18, 2018

What does Judaism have to say about the right to die? A majority of traditional and contemporary Jewish sources prohibit assisted suicide as well as passive euthanasia - i.e. withholding care. Learn how rabbis, hospital chaplains, and doctors help patients accept the realities of their illnesses and find peace in their final days.

Produced and Edited by Lisa M. Gray

Produced by Jon Kalish

Additional Production by Kevin Huffman and Ang Santos

Music by Brett Higgins’ Atlas Revolt and Midwood. Courtesy of Chant Records.

Rabbi Charles Rudansky, Director of Pastoral Care, MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care

Rabbi Jason Weiner, Senior Rabbi and Director of the Spiritual Care Department, Cedars-Sinai.

Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH, is a national advocate for transforming the way people die in America.

Additional Information and Resources:

Does Judaism Believe in the Right to Die?,

Jewish Perspectives on End of Life Care,

When I Realized My Dad Didn’t Want to Get Better,