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Abortion in Jewish SourcesB. Gesundheit MD PhDDepartment of Jewish Philosophy, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, ISRAELTeaching Medical Ethics

www.jewishmedicalethics.org [email protected]

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It is not only the honor of God which obligates us, regardless of the cost, to avoid what is prohibited and to obey the commands of the Almighty that are expressed in this Halakha. It is also the honor of man in Halakha, the humane and ethical element which insists on the preservation of human dignity and concern for human welfare, that rises up in indignation against the torrent of abortions. let us remember, paraphrasing the famous words of Byron, that Halakha loved not the parents less, but the child more.Rav Dr.A.Lichtenstein Abortion: A Halakhic Perspective. Tradition 25:4, Summer 1991 27

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BIBLIOGRAPHYReich Warren T. (ed) Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 1995, 5 vol.

" ", *, *Feldman David M Birth control in Jewish law; marital relations, contraception, and abortion as set forth in the classic texts of Jewish law New York, New York University Press, 1968.

Jakobovits Immanuel, Jewish Medical Ethics - A Comparative and Historical Study of the Jewish Religious Attitude to Medicine and its Practice, N.Y., Bloch Publishing Company, 1975 (Hebrew: Jerusalem, Mossad Ha-Rav Kook,1979). Lichtenstein Aharon Abortion: A Halakhic Perspective Tradition 1991; 25:4 (on-line) (Hebrew version: Beriut ha-Tzibur 1