Jewish Pro-Life Foundation Newsletter 9 July 2021 - 29 Tammuz 5781
We're Going to the Supreme Court!
✡︎ Shabbat Shalom & Good Day ✡︎

HaShem has so many wonderful surprises for us!

Last month, we were invited by Howard Slugh, founder of the Jewish Coalition for Religious Liberty, to submit an amicus brief to SCOTUS for the upcoming Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health case. This is a Mississippi case banning abortions after 15 weeks gestation, except when there are risks to the life or physical health of the mother, or fatal fetal anomalies. About 200 unborn babies between 15 and 20 weeks are aborted every year in Mississippi and the law would save their lives.

You can read about the case at LifeNews: 

We have a draft of our brief written, and a righteous pro bono attorney at the Justice Foundation graciously offered to file it for us. We need only pay the printing costs. As far as we know, this will be the first amicus brief submitted to the Supreme Court of the United States by a Jewish pro-life organization. We feel that our Torah based, life affirming appeal to the justices will atone for historical Jewish support for abortion legalization in the 1970 NY and 1973 Roe cases, and it will provide them with a Jewish religious view of the issue much different than the Jewish secular anti-life amicus briefs commonly filed with the courts in abortion cases.

According to AAPLOG:
This upcoming case before the Supreme Court is important because it causes the court to take another look at the crumbling viability standard set by Roe in the 1970s, when fetal survival was minimal before 28 weeks, and very little was known about intrauterine life. Survival outside the womb with appropriate resuscitative measures is now possible at 22 weeks gestation. And studies demonstrate that a fetus can feel pain as early as 12 weeks gestation if not earlier. It's time for the court to catch up with the science.
We're happy to share these thoughts about ensoulment by one of our friends who sent this to us last week:

There is a long accepted principle that there are no extra words in the Torah. With this in mind, there a phrase in the Torah which is used each and every time a birth is mentioned. This phrase is "Va'Tahar VaTeled" [... 'and (she) conceived and gave birth'].

So why did Hashem feel it necessary to ALWAYS add the descriptive verb 'Va'Tahar' (conceived)? Might it have just been sufficient to have written; '...and she gave birth'. There must be something about the curious addition of the word 'Va'Tahar' that the Torah is tryin to convey.

I believe that maybe taken within the entire context of the famous Midrash about PreBorn Babies being taught the Torah by an Angel for the full nine months while they are in their Mothers' Womb, can hopefully raise additional important questions [at least for ProChoice Rabbis] of when the Soul enters the Baby and therefore when Life Begins. Although this Midrash ends with the Baby being touched on the lips by an angel and forgetting everything it has been taught, there is still a clear benefit to this effort which we can explore at a different time.

What is critical to this discussion is that in order for this Midrash to have any meaning, the PreBorn Baby must be assumed by Our Oral Tradition to have received a Soul at Conception in order to benefit from this nine months of learning Torah. 

These Traditions are not taught in a total vacuum of Faith. There is very often within the Torah itself a 'Hint' of the Midrash. In our case this Hint may be within the very Hebrew letters of the word 'Va'Tahar' itself. If one takes the actual letters of the word 'Va'Tahar' [Vav, Taf, He, Resh] and rearranges them using the established Kabalistic interpretative method of 'Temurah', one finds that the word 'Va'Tahar' transforms into the word 'Torah' [Taf, Vav, Resh, He]...

In brief, what should have been sent was the observation associating the famous Midrash that a baby is taught Torah by an Angel for nine months in its' mother's womb before it is born. In order for that Midrash to have any meaning, the baby must have received a Soul at Conception.

In the Traditional Kabblistic Tradition, almost all (if not all) Midrashim are hinted at in the Torah. In this case the words 'Va'Tahar' may hold the hint to this famous Midrash. 

If one takes the Hebrew Letters of 'Va'Tahar' (Vav, Taf, He, Resh) and uses the Kabbalistic method of Temurah to help interpret this word, these letter also spell 'Torah' (Taf, Va , Resh, He) which may hint not only about the Midrash, but also may help explain why Traditional Judaism predominantly believes that 'Life' begins at conception.
Rabbi Chananya Weissman delivers a powerful message about the spiritual battle we face on many fronts in our world today. In his article, Gog Umagog Past and Present, he mentions the abortion issue, saying that, "Once again, child sacrifice has become the order of the day, the respectable choice, the socially responsible thing to do, indeed, a “religious” obligation. Our generation is no less primitive and monstrous than previous generations dating back to ancient times. The monsters of today have merely learned from their predecessors and developed superior methods to destroy humanity."

Rabbi Weissman concludes that it is only by relying on HaShem that we will prevail in this life and death struggle. Please read his article linked below:

Gog Umagog Past and Present
Rachel Campos-Duffy Shares Wisdom on Parenting 9 Kids During Pandemic

Last week we shared a commentary by Alice Lemos about an Orthodox Jewish woman's tragic eugenics abortion. This week we share a beautiful story about a mother of nine who welcomes her 'Down Right Perfect' daughter into the family.

It hath been told thee, O man, what is good, And what the Lord doth require of thee:
Only to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God. Mic. 6:8 

In these modern days, our whole American culture teaches the glories of self-fulfillment, but our Jewish tradition teaches humility. This is a value that God wants us to study, but we seem to influence our people to practice humility and arrogance simultaneously. These two types of life- styles do not fit together. We wear a yarmulke to remind us to be humble in our relationship to God. When building a sukkah, which is our temporary, booth-like dwelling for our remembrance of God’s guidance and bountiful gifts during our forty years’ wanderings under Moses, we make it frail and shaky — and always with the sky visible through the leafy covering on its top — to remind us that we are not as powerful as God. Then we turn around and decide to “play God” by committing, permitting, or supporting abortion. 

Sherry Davison
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Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.
Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."
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