After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Brittany Maynard moved to Oregon, then (2014) one of only four states with legalized physician assisted suicide. She was a big activist for legalizing suicide for terminal patients, allowing them to “die on their own terms”.
In this class, we take a deep dive into the traditional sources on suicide and physician assisted suicide across many texts in the written and oral law, discussing such questions as:
Is there any allowance for suicide in the Torah? What is the Torah’s perspective on pain and pain management? Are we obligated to treat every disease or can we let it run its course? What is the Torah’s perspective on “quality of life” vs. life itself?
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Original source sheet from class (Hebrew): https://tinyurl.com/pashalacha
Online source sheet (Eng/Heb): https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/425238