Jewish law, abortion and born v. unborn life

With Missouri following Alabama by passing a restrictive law limiting abortion to the first few weeks, and then only to save the life of the mother, a “teachable moment” presents itself: the view of the Jewish religion and culture. Jews and, as I will argue, non-Jews, too, should become familiar with the two key brief texts that pertain to the fetus so that we may engage more faithfully, more wisely, more compassionately and more civilly. In short, Jewish religious teaching does not accept the positions of either extreme in the American debate. The Jewish religion is neither “pro-life” nor “pro-choice,” as their advocates present themselves. The parameters and contours of contemporary poli

JMA: More Than Its Acronym

JMA is for me, and I am sure for you, a new addition to the Jewish acronym dictionary. It stands for Jewish Motorcycle Alliance, and on Friday, May 17, I joined 150 Jewish bikers for a breakfast, 2-hour ride, and a concluding lunch at the Jewish Federation building with a program at the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center. This was just one day of the JMA program that began on Thursday and ended on Sunday. It was impressive from the start. About 150 motorcycles were parked in front of Temple Israel. The breakfast was intentionally kosher as were nearly all the meals, and Shabbat services were part of the program. It was primarily because of the respect that fellow biker Steve Aroesty h

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