this morning (sunday 11th), 10.32-11.00am, on bbc world service radio (repeated 7.32pm) when the soul goes out (presented by lipika pelham) (in the heart and soul series)
“He is he says, on a mission from God – Robert Berman’s lifelong campaign for organ donation to be permissible under Jewish/Talmudic law – Halacha – is at the centre of an ongoing debate in Israel.
Berman, a Harvard University graduate, is striving to change attitudes to the donating of organs and possibly redefine the strict and ancient definition of death. Berman has been referred to as “the murderer” as he continues to promote donor cards to this traditional community.
Berman’s campaign has left him at loggerheads with Orthodox Rabbis, who view him with outright suspicion and as an outsider who wants to reform Talmudic decrees.”