Community Rabbis Ask

Organ Donation & Resurrection of the Dead



How do I deal with this question? If a person dies and donates his organs, how will his body return at the Resurrection of the Dead?


After the dead were revived in Valley of Dora, the prophet Ezekiel prophesized (Ezekiel 37:11-12): “Then He said to me, "Son of man, these bones are all the house of Israel. Behold they say, 'Our bones have become dried up, our hope is lost, we are clean cut off to ourselves.’

Therefore, prophesy and say to them, So says the Lord God: Lo! I open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves as My people, and bring you home to the land of Israel.” According to the commentators, Ezekiel addressed this exact subject. As the Mabit explains in his Sefer Beit Elokim, (Shaar Hayesodot): “On the matter of the bones of the entire house of Israel ... to learn from this those who died of organ diseases on which the soul depends are a type of treif.

“As with the dry bones, the flesh will rise, and the skin will rise above it, so that the body will return to its nature and the days of its youth, so that it can live for a long time and heal the organs on which the soul depends."