Year: 1998 Source: Journal of Law and Religion, v.XIII, no.2, (1998-99), p.263-287 SIEC No: 20040219

This article explores the question: May Jews assist others in commiting suicide or request that others assist them in their own suicides? The medical & legal contexts for this question are discussed, & Jewish theological & legal grounds for opposing suicide & assisted suicide are presented. Additional arguments for retaining the traditional prohibition are presented, based on contemporary circumstances. Differences between assisted suicide & passive euthanasia are also discussed in a Jewish context.