Protest Over Autopsies

Our Rabbi, Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah Ha-Cohain Kook


Our Rabbi related that Maran Ha-Rav Kook once heard they were planning an autopsy, a violation of Halachah, on a woman who was alone when she died. He called the hospital and said: "This is the Chief Rabbi of Israel, I am a Cohain. It is forbidden for a Cohain to become impure by coming in contact with a corpse, but if need be, I will come and become impure for a met mitzvah" (a corpse which does not have anyone to bury it and even a Cohain is obligated to do so. He was suggesting that, if necessary, he himself would come to bury the body, rather than allow it to be desecrated).