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Jewish Pro-Life Foundation 9 Feb 2024 - 30 Shevet 5784

Parshas Mishpatim: Life or Death Depends on a Word in a Verse

Shifting Demographics Unsustainable for Jewish Survival

Adoption and Abortion Pill Reversal

Delusional NH Rep Needs Help and Healing

Today DC Destroys Evidence of Murder of Five Late Term Babies

✡︎ Shalom and Good Shabbos, Friends ✡︎

This week’s Torah portion, Mishpatim: Exodus 21:1 - 24:18, includes Torah laws related to crime and punishment. Exodus 21:12-17 declare that murder is a capital crime punishable by death, as are premeditated murder, cursing or striking a parent, and human trafficking.

Exodus 21:22-25 follows with laws about involuntary manslaughter and fines levied for harms done. A scenario features two men fighting who accidentally harm a pregnant woman in the area. If the woman dies, the men incur the death penalty. According to one translation, if the pre-born baby is born prematurely and survives, the men only pay restitution. This interpretation comes from the understanding of the word in the text, יָשִׁ֤ית 'yashas.' This Hebrew word means to save, be saved, or be delivered. See definitions here. It does not mean death or miscarriage.

According to another translation, if the mother miscarries, ie., the baby dies, the men only pay restitution. Jewish abortion advocates use this alternative interpretation to claim that the unborn child has no value or protected legal status in Judaism, helping bolster the lie that torturing a baby to death in the womb is a Jewish value and a religious right/rite.

This particular misuse of Torah has resulted in many Jewish generations lost. It calls into question the foundations of Judaism as a moral and just system. It also causes born Jews to convert out of our faith in order to resolve a seemingly impossible moral dilemma.

This difference in translation is one of many others found in the Bible because the pure word of God given to Moses at Mt. Sinai was transmitted orally for generations and written down over many centuries. Another source of variation is the rabbinic opinion and commentary on the oral Torah compiled in the Talmud over several hundred years and after countless edits. The Talmud was completed in 475 AC. 

JPLF board member Rabbi Shlomo Nachman summarizes the language differences in his essay, Abortion and Related Issues. Rabbi states, "this verse must be carefully understood. Many translations read “and a miscarriage occurs” rather than as “a premature birth results” as I have it here. The passage, in my opinion, is to “a premature birth” when the context is considered. The text actually says that if the child “departs” [“yasa”] the womb and no other damage ensues from the event. In other words, if because of the struggle the baby is born early but is otherwise fine, then the men may be required to pay damages for their carelessness but no more. “But if other damage ensues,” i.e. the baby is born with some deformity or born dead, then the standard penalties will apply, 'an eye for eye, tooth for tooth'. If the child dies as a result the men are guilty of the murder, a life for a life. The text makes no sense any other way. The Hebrew term shachol references an abortion or miscarriage. That word is not used here. There is conclusive evidence that both Torah and Rabbinic halacha regarding the pre-birth child as fully human and subject to the same protections and respect as all other people.”

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In Exodus 23:7, God makes sure we understand the penalty for killing innocents, "Distance yourself from a false matter; and do not kill a truly innocent person or one who has been declared innocent, for I will not vindicate a guilty person." Innocents include the most innocent, the baby in the womb,

Other significant verses in the portion include Exodus 23:26, where God promises that no Israelite women will suffer from infertility, and Exodus 23:30 where God promises to safeguard the territory from hostile tribes until the Jews reproduce in sufficient numbers to protect their land.

Rabbi Nachman's examination of the text, and the supporting verses in this Torah portion harmonize beautifully with Judaism's life affirming essence, as reflected by the psalmist, "For you created my inmost being: you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Not surprisingly, it is in accordance with the science-based reality that life begins at conception. It assigns value and dignity to the unborn child, making endorsement or practice of death of an unborn children through excruciatingly painful abortion procedures unthinkable. 

Indeed, we can rest assured that Torah expresses a life affirming view of the unborn child, pointing the way to solutions for unplanned pregnancy that support a mother's life, full term birth, responsible fatherhood or single parenting, and adoption.

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May there be abundant peace from Heaven, and good life upon us and upon all Israel. Amen.

Upcoming Events

Monday March 11, 2024 @ 4 pm ET

Maryland March for Life in Annapolis, MD. We bought a $250.00 sponsorship to support the event and our card stock handout, Jewish Pro-Life Replies to Jewish Pro-Abortion Claims, is on its way from the printer to the event organizer to include in the 400 bags distributed to the participants. Our logo will be placed on the event banner and website. This is our Jewish pro-life voice in the public square in action!

If you live within driving distance, please join us!

I wonder what the Jewish 'values based' self-inflicted pre-born baby loss rate is in Canada?

The silent battle for public opinion in the war between Israel and Hamas

For example, in my own country, Canada, the number of Muslims (now 1.8 million people) more than doubled as a proportion of the population between 2001 and 2022 from 2.0% to 4.9%. This stands in sharp contrast to the largely stagnant growth seen in the Jewish population which in 2021 stood at 335,000 people.

In a 2021 related story from England, David Miller, a Bristol Universtiy prof who was fired for spewing anti-Zionist hatred, was reinstated on appeal. In this interview originally published in Politics today and reprinted in the Jewish Voice for Labor, the last paragraph compares the membership figures of the Zionist movement in the UK, or the U.S. and other places 20 years ago to the declining numbers today. The authors express excitement about the collapse of support for Israel.

Again, Jewish 'values based' self-inflicted pre-born baby loss is contributing to the demographic imbalances that increase anti-Israeli, anti-Jewish political impact. When the collapse happens, the authors will be among those who perish in the anti-Jewish bloodshed sure to follow.

An interview with David Miller

During our recent Monthly Mishpacha, we talked a lot about adoption. During that discussion it came into my mind to ask a techie friend to explore the possibility of creating a Jewish adoption app to help Jewish women who consider adoption find Jewish families who will adopt. She's looking into it!

You may find this book review in Commentary magazine worth a read.

Stability Above All

Review of 'Troubled' by Rob Henderson

by Naomi Schaefer Riley

Abortion Pill Reversal Saved Her Baby Girl’s Life

Alice Lemos first sent me a link to this story, now it's all over conservative websites. The Rep is a Jew in great need of pro-life education and healing of her warped mind and sick soul.

State Rep. Brings Her One-Week Old Baby to the Floor to Argue for Abortion Rights

Jewish Legislators Appalled By Rise in Antisemitism in NH

Recent report by PAAU on the fate of those late term babies languishing in the DC morgue.

URGENT: Their bodies will be burned

Here's an updated version of the story.

DC Medical Examiner Told to Dispose of Baby Bodies Despite Evidence Pointing to Federal Crimes

Let's get current. It is no longer necessary to torture and destroy a baby in the womb to save the mother's life. Evidence-Based Guidelines for Pro-Life Practice from the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists.


Rabbi Menashe Bovit is the rabbi at Bellerose Jewish Center in Queens NY, an online/brick and mortar synagogue composed of spiritual seekers who worship in an Ashkenazi 'Conservadox' style. Rabbi Bovit teaches with humor combined with love of Chassidism and Torah. He conducts online Shabbat services and Torah classes.

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Rabbi Yakov Dovid Cohen is the founder and director of Institute of Noahide Code. Rabbi Cohen received his Bachelor's Degree at the Rabbinical College of America in 1982 and was ordained in 1985 at the United Lubavitcher Yeshiva New York, and a degree from Monash University Australia 1992. Renowned Talmudic scholar and Dayan, a writer on various Jewish subjects, most recently worked on a compilation of the Rebbe's works for Noahide practice and a book titled Divine Image. Contact Rabbi Cohen at

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