The human body is sanctified by Judaism. Saving human life is considered to be superior to maintaining the sanctity of the human body. The donor must be brain dead and a direct transplantation is preferred. The saving of a life takes precedence over nearly every Jewish ritual and civil law. Contrary to common myth, all Jewish denominations encourage organ, eye and tissue donation. The mitzvah of saving a life, Pikuah Nefesh, is considered one of Judaism’s highest values. No religious barriers to organ donation exist if the organs are donated in accordance with Jewish religious regulations. When saving a human life is possible, the life must be saved. Jewish tradition looks with great favor on those who facilitate life-saving donation.