Saturday, June 25, 2016

For Israeli Donors, Organ Donation is a “Mitzvah”


Avraham Rahamim with Rabbi Yeshaya Haber, Founder of ‘Gift of Life’ Organ Donation Organization (Photo: Courtesy/TPS)

Last year, when Avraham Rahamim decided to donate a kidney through the Matnat Chaim organ donor organization, the 37-year-old settler from Yitzhar was a little nervous.

“The thought of donating an organ had been on my mind for at least three years,” said Rahamim. “I had read a news article about an organ donor and had seen notices asking for organ donations – and that people were willing to pay a lot of money for a kidney,” he told Tazpit Press Service (TPS).

“Until then, I had never even given the thought that you could save a life by donating an organ from your own body to a complete stranger. I thought it would be dangerous to undergo such an operation and I didn’t have the courage to do it for a long time,” related Rahamim.

But the idea of donating an organ remained on Rahamim’s mind. After Rahamim saw that another resident from Yitzhar – a small Jewish community in Samaria of about 1500 people – had successfully donated an organ through Matnat Chaim, an organization devoted to facilitating donations, he decided to undergo the operation himself. Continue reading
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