I read with interest your article “Rabbis frown on assisted suicide legislation” (Dec. 13). It truly reflects the traditional Jewish attitude towards this issue. I also applaud the comments of my rabbinic and chaplaincy friends and colleagues who each in his/her own way clarified the rabbinic sources and Jewish values in question.
The only difference I have with the article is the title. We don’t “frown” upon assisted suicide, we strongly condemn it.
It is a major difference between removing impediments to dying from a patient whose death is imminent and actively assisting in his/her dying.
Thank you for bringing this vital issue to the attention of your readers.
Rabbi David Glicksman
Director of Pastoral Services
Central New Jersey Jewish Home for the Aged