What is the Jewish position on the choice of eating human flesh to survive in an extreme emergency situation? Would it be preferable to die of starvation while obeying the Torah or eat the only thing available if it was a deceased human body?


The obligation to preserve one's life overrides any prohibition against eating human flesh. In general, Jews are allowed and encouraged to violate almost any law to save human life except the cardinal three (3) which are idolatry, immoral sexual relations, and murder. (See Gemara Sanhedrin 74a)


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