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Chief Jewish Rabbis in Israel: Abortion Delays Coming of Messiah, Back Pro-Life
Life News ^ | 12/29/09 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 12/29/2009 4:27:37 PM PST by wagglebee

Jerusalem, Israel (LifeNews.com) -- The top two Jewish rabbis in Israel sent a letter on Monday to their colleagues denouncing abortion. They said that abortion kills thousands of Israeli babies a year and delays the coming of the Messiah and they promised to do more to promote pro-life and pregnancy help efforts.

Rabbis Yona Metzger and Shlomo Amar sent a letter yesterday to all of the state-employed Jewish rabbis saying they would "strengthen" the efforts of the pro-life council in the rabbinate to help reduce abortions.

The letter says "the vast majority of abortions are unnecessary and Halacha severely prohibits them" and says as many as 50,000 abortions are done annually in Israel.

They Jewish leaders also said abortions "delay the redemption" by postponing the coming of the Messiah.

The Jerusalem Post newspaper indicates the letter bases the statement on the Babylonian Talmud in Tractate Niddah which says each baby that is born brings the Jewish people closer to redemption.

"The redemption does not take place until all the souls are brought out of their storing place," the Talmud states.

The letter goes on to condemn "the killing of fetuses in their mother's womb."

The Post indicated the rabbis' letter said they would encourage local Jewish teachers to do more to promote the pro-life ethic in their Shabbat sermons, passing out pro-life literature to couples seeking pre-marital counseling, and developing closer ties with the pro-life organization Efrat to change public opinion.

The letter, which has the support of the chief rabbis of the council, urges Jewish teachers to devote their January 9 Shabbat sermon to emphasizing the severe halachic prohibition against abortions.

Jews point to the teachings in the first chapter of the book of Exodus when Hebrew midwives Pu'ah and Shifra refuse to listen to the King of Egypt's order to kill all male babies.

"But the midwives feared God and did not as the king of Egypt commanded," the scriptures say.

The Jewish leaders say this should be a basis for an annual denunciation of abortion.

Chief Rabbi of Beersheba Yehuda Deri has headed up the pro-life council on the rabbinic council and Dr. Eli J. Schussheim is the head of the Efrat pro-life organization.

In December 2007, the chief rabbinic council in Israel released a new opinion confirming that abortions constitute a “grave sin” and saying they are delaying the coming of the Messiah.

"The vast majority of abortions are unnecessary and strictly forbidden according to halacha because they are carried out even when the pregnancies do not endanger the mother's health," the rabbis wrote.

They said those kinds of abortions for socioeconomic reasons or the mother not wanting the baby at the time are delaying the coming of the Messiah, who Jews believe was not represented by Jesus Christ.

Rabbi Barry Freundel, a widely respected Jewish leader in the U.S., says, according to the Mishnah, a record of oral interpretations of the Hebrew Scriptures, abortion is only permitted when a woman is in "hard travail" and her life is in danger.

He said the instances where a pregnancy poses a serious threat to the mother are very rare -- so Jews should oppose most abortions.

Not even in the most lenient interpretations, Rabbi Freundel told a group at a National Right to Life convention, is there anything that allows abortion on demand.

Before Congress gave final approval to the first partial-birth abortion ban, he obtained more than 200 signatures of rabbis from Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox traditions on a statement supporting the pro-life bill.

Last year, the oldest Orthodox Jewish Rabbinic organization in the country, the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the U.S. and Canada, issued a historic declaration on voting and abortion. It said Jewish voters should not vote for candidates who support abortion, calling them "antithetical" to Jewish values.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; judaism; moralabsolutes; prolife; rabbis
Last year, the oldest Orthodox Jewish Rabbinic organization in the country, the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the U.S. and Canada, issued a historic declaration on voting and abortion. It said Jewish voters should not vote for candidates who support abortion, calling them "antithetical" to Jewish values.

Unfortunately they were almost completely ignored by American Jews.

1 posted on 12/29/2009 4:27:39 PM PST by wagglebee
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2 posted on 12/29/2009 4:28:13 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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3 posted on 12/29/2009 4:29:06 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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4 posted on 12/29/2009 4:29:38 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Strange reason, but ANY reason to not abort, is a good reason.


5 posted on 12/29/2009 4:32:33 PM PST by Mrs.Z
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To: wagglebee

Nothing makes a Palestinian happier than Jews aborting their own children.


6 posted on 12/29/2009 4:37:31 PM PST by Soothesayer (The United States of America Rest in Peace November 4 2008)
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To: Mrs.Z

Agreed. Besides, wouldn’t waiting for “every soul” to be born by definition bring us to the end of human existence?


7 posted on 12/29/2009 5:21:57 PM PST by sthguard (The DNC theme song: "All You Need is Guv")
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To: Soothesayer

Yep, I would’ve thought Rabbis in general would’ve pushed the pro-life agenda knowing that in the long run its always demographics. They don’’t need history to remind them of that either.


8 posted on 12/29/2009 5:26:06 PM PST by john drake (Roman military maxim; "oderint dum metuant," i.e., "let them hate, as long as they fear.")
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To: wagglebee

Why?


9 posted on 12/29/2009 6:57:48 PM PST by Dr. North
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To: wagglebee

Tell me again why American Jews have consistently voted pro-Democrat. I seriously want to know. I’ve asked Jewish friends and associates; most just shrug and a few mutter something like, “I don’t like Republicans.” What?


10 posted on 12/30/2009 1:51:56 PM PST by ronnyquest (That's what governments are for: to get in a man's way.)
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11 posted on 12/30/2009 3:16:01 PM PST by NYer ("One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone" - Benedict XVI)
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The Jerusalem Post newspaper indicates the letter bases the statement on the Babylonian Talmud in Tractate Niddah which says each baby that is born brings the Jewish people closer to redemption.

We christians believe the Messiah has already been born but for those still waiting, this is an important step in understanding how abortion destroys life thus endangering the One they still await.

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12 posted on 12/30/2009 3:19:23 PM PST by NYer ("One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone" - Benedict XVI)
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To: wagglebee
Abortion Delays Coming of Messiah

It didn't stop Him the first time. It won't stop Him the second.

Holy-Innocents-alert.

Abortion does pretty much screw up everything else,though.

13 posted on 12/30/2009 3:21:43 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (if you can read this you're too close.)
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To: NYer
this is an important step in understanding how abortion destroys life

It ain't rocket science.

14 posted on 12/30/2009 3:22:28 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (if you can read this you're too close.)
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To: wagglebee

Since many Reform Jews don’t even believe in GOD anymore, it’s not surprising that the possibility that a Jewish woman might kill the Messiah by having an abortion doesn’t phase them at all.


15 posted on 12/30/2009 3:50:43 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: the invisib1e hand
It ain't rocket science

Apparently, it is for them! FWIU, the Jewish faith has allowed for abortion, up until now. Perhaps a rocket landed in the synagogue.

16 posted on 12/30/2009 3:59:36 PM PST by NYer ("One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone" - Benedict XVI)
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To: wagglebee

I thought abortion was illegal in Israel, or at least strongly restricted. Am I wrong? The article makes no mention of the legal situation there.


17 posted on 12/30/2009 4:08:47 PM PST by cookcounty (Let us not speak of the honor of men. Rather, let us bind them with the Constitution. --Jefferson)
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To: NYer
FWIU, the Jewish faith has allowed for abortion, up until now.

Orthodox Judaism has always prohibited abortion except when necessary to save the mother's life.

18 posted on 12/30/2009 4:11:15 PM PST by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: NYer

What else do you believe? I’d suggest you become more agnostic, otherwise your faith is empty.


19 posted on 12/30/2009 4:27:17 PM PST by bvw
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To: cookcounty

You are completely wrong.


20 posted on 12/30/2009 9:35:28 PM PST by Dr. North
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21 posted on 12/31/2009 6:23:53 AM PST by SJackson (In wine there is wisdom, In beer there is freedom, In water there is bacteria.)
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To: wagglebee
Unfortunately they were almost completely ignored by American Jews.

Not the Orthodox or Chassidic. Orthodox Judaim is strongly pro-life.
22 posted on 12/31/2009 6:28:53 AM PST by Tzfat
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To: NYer

“the Jewish faith has allowed for abortion, up until now”

Absolutely false.

Abortion was historically only permitted when the mother (and thus the baby also) are almost certainly going to die -— e.g., when there was severe pre-eclamsia and the mother’s blood pressure was 200/150 or a breached birth or the like.

Of course that was the ruling in the BRONZE AGE.

In the 21st century, the solution to that problem is a cesarian birth.

Ergo, abortion is, for all practical purposes (other than some weird situation where medical care was impossible — war zone or something) forbidden under Jewish law.

Ergo,


23 posted on 12/31/2009 7:52:50 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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Thank you for the clarification; I stand corrected. My initial resonse stemmed from what I had been told by various Jewish friends over the years. Only recently, I read an article, on the silence of the Jews on abortion. The Catholic position is rock solid and unshakable; hence the prayer vigils in front of abortuaries. Are there Jewish groups that also conduct prayer vigils in front of abortion clinics?
24 posted on 12/31/2009 8:04:30 AM PST by NYer ("One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone" - Benedict XVI)
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“Are there Jewish groups that also conduct prayer vigils in front of abortion clinics?”

Probably in Israel; in the USA, being such a minority, I think we would be uncomfortable doing that, just because we have “keep your head down or it will get cut off” mentality.

Comes from being a target too often.


25 posted on 12/31/2009 9:30:48 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: wagglebee
Chief Jewish Rabbis in Israel: Abortion Delays Coming of Messiah, Back Pro-Life

I'm still waiting to hear from the Christian and Muslim rabbis.

26 posted on 12/31/2009 9:57:07 AM PST by Slings and Arrows ("The solution to every ill is a cat." --TheOldLady)
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