Jewish Outlook on Abortion.

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True Judaism is in complete contrast to acceptance of abortion. The support for abortion that American Jewry's majority gives is a denial of all in Judaism that we claim to teach and value. Situations in which the Talmud permits abortions are exceedingly rare today. We Jews should be at the forefront of the pro-life battle. We must make the miracle of Hanukkah happen again. That miracle was the victory of love over hate, truth over falsehood, holiness over the profane, righteousness over evil, and the weak over the mighty. We, as a united Jewish people, must renew our dedication to the highest ideals of Hanukkah and to our God.


Examining in depth our beliefs about the definitions, attributes, and actions of God is an indispensable first step for guiding us in our understanding of why we should be a pro-life people.

Understanding God -- For My thoughts are not your thoughts,

Neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord.

Is. 55:8

In our finite, mortal vision and understanding, we often cannot fathom what He could possibly value in any given human fetus or embryo.

Consider our song on Yom Kippur, "We are Thy people, Thou art our King." A king's job is to rule his subjects. Acknowledging the One Who makes the rules for us, we must recognize the unborn as fellow, younger citizens of our King's kingdom.

"We are Thy children, Thou art our Father." The unborn are our siblings because they have the same Father as we do. The Father of all the human race created us in infinitely perfect love.

"We are Thy possession, Thou art our Portion." Abortion is destruction of God's possessions -- His people. God, our Portion, is our Destiny after we die.

"We are Thy flock, Thou...