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soc.culture.jewish FAQ: Worship, Conversion, Intermarriage (5/12)
Section - Question 11.6.6: Death and Burial: Is getting cryogenically frozen against Judaism?

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   Such an action involves many difficulties in the law: Does a person
   the right to consent to such a procedure with regard to himself? What
   is the status of his wife and children? Are they mourning as if the
   person were dead? When shall he be revived? Who will decide? etc.
   These are often theoretical questions, as no revivals as of yet have
   been successful.
   
   Typically, this question arises for situations where a person is
   gravelly ill; the approach involves freezing the body for years and
   then reviving it when some cure will have been found for the sick
   person's disease. Such a proposal, theoretically amounts to the
   delaying of the death of a dying person. This is clearly prohibited by
   Jewish law. While one may not do anything at all to hasten the death
   of a dying person, one may also not do anything at all to prevent his
   dying. Such a person has the right to die. Ecclesiastes says: 'There
   is a time to live and a time to die.' In other words, if there were a
   trustworthy remedy already available for the disease, and this remedy
   involved freezing, it would all be permitted. But if there is only
   speculation that some day a remedy might be discovered, and on the
   basis of that speculation the process of dying is prevented, that is
   contrary to the spirit of Jewish law.

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