Jewish Family Values– ‘The abortion I had while a rabbinical student was a sacred choice’

As Jews, the Texas abortion ban violates our religious freedom, which demands that we have access to abortion on demand when needed and wanted

ed note–Again, one of the most important Judaic BUUUUUUUUUUURPS masquerading as an OpEd that should be heard and smelled by every Gentile ear and nose the world over, but sadly, which will not. It will not be read/heard/discussed from the tens of thousands of ‘Christian’ pulpits across America or the West, nor on the various ‘Christian’ and ‘conservative’ talk shows operating under the pretenses of ‘fighting the good fight’ and of ‘taking America back’ from the forces of darkness presently holding her.

Rest assured however that were this a Muslim writing this rather than one of the ‘Children of Israel’ that indeed it would garner some measure of interest on the part of those aforementioned entities and would be used by those organized Jewish interests enjoying near-total control of all informational systems in America as more reason to send more money to Israel and more American troops to the Middle East.

Despite its appearance however of being the typically verbose musings of the average ‘prisoner of Zion,’ meaning a follower of Torah/Talmud Judaism, what it really represents is an in-depth, microscopic study of the deranged, demented and DANGEROUS nature of the Judaic mindset and of its very casual appetite for the shedding of innocent human blood.

Firsto, let us begin by examining/considering the very first words of the title itself wherein our deranged, demented and DANGEROUS ‘prisoner of Zion’ describes the deliberate and pre-meditated murder of the human being growing within her body as a ‘sacred’ choice.

Now, the average Gentile will of course spend no more than a micro-millisecond weighing the importance and implications associated with the use of the word ‘sacred’ on the part of our deranged, demented and dangerous ‘Prisoner of Zion’, while those who DO bother to consider it for more than that aforementioned micro-millisecond will simply shrug it off as mere hyperbole.

The horrible, ugly truth of the matter however is that our deranged, demented and dangerous POZ is being absolutely truthful in her use of the word ‘sacred’ in describing her ‘choice’ of paying a butcher to rip the human being growing within her to pieces, limb from limb, as this is exactly what her religion commands be done, to wit–

Now, the above ‘sacred’ verse, coming not from the horrible book the Talmud but rather from the Torah (Old Testament) which deranged, demented and dangerous Christians–also ‘prisoners of Zion’ in their own right–worship as the ‘inerrant and infallible word of God’ does make use of the word ‘cities’ and not necessarily the word ‘womb’, but it matters not–wherever the ‘Children of Israel’ go, wherever the ‘sole’ of their collective foot treads, such a place becomes by religious decree ‘their inheritance’ and therefore they are free to do whatever the hell they want, literally, to wit–

Every place whereupon the sole of your foot shall tread shall be yours, from the wilderness, and Lebanon, from the river Euphrates, even unto the hinder sea shall be your border…’ Deuteronomy 11:24

..Including the most sacred place of all within the totality of all human existence, a woman’s womb where human life begins…

And, by the way, just to show that the practice of infanticide and butchery of living children was something that the ‘Children of Israel’ understood was completely kosher and ‘sacred’ going all the way back to the ‘good ol’ days’ of the Old Testament, we have none other than Menachem, king of Israel, who as part of his ‘sacred’ kingship, ordered his Israelite troops to ‘rip open’ the bellies of all the enemy womenfolk who were pregnant. Before him, we have none other than Joshua himself making good on Moses’ decree that the lives of children were not to be spared in the process of enriching and empowering the ‘Children of Israel’, to wit–

‘Now go and strike Amalek and devote to utter destruction all that they have…Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant…

And, in proving that indeed an apple does not fall far from the tree that produces it, we have the ‘Children of Israel’ doing the very same thing in the 20th century when they went forth and slit open the stomachs of pregnant Palestinian women and literally ripped the living children out of their wombs at infamous massacres such as Deir Yassin.

Now, a few other goodies to consider here–

1. As we point out here on a semi-regular basis, one of the most DANGEROUS strategems employed by the organized forces of anti-Gentilism–OFAG–and which they use in their organized war against Gentile civilization (in addition to their control of money, academia, politics, etc) is their use of ‘schtick’, or comedy. Get people laughing at something you said and whatever reservations they have about you evaporate.

Anyone remember this?

 

And please, make sure (if possible) to pay close attention to the reaction it garners–waves of laughter rather than even muted outrage or dislike.

The reason we point this out is due to the fact that the reader will see immediately at the beginning of this hellish and diabolical ‘essay’ scribed by our ‘rabbi’ of the female persuasion the manner by which she ‘lightens’ the mood of what she is about to unload on the reader with a lil’ bit of stand-up comedy of her own where she talks about ‘pickles on pizza’ being a ‘million dollar idea’ for women dealing with morning sickness.

Prima facie example of ‘how they do it’. Get people chuckling before you begin the process of describing/defending how you paid a butcher to murder an innocent human being and the whole thing evades the kind of seriousness, sobriety and moral scrutiny that would otherwise result.

And they do it literally millions of times a day to the point that Americans have become so desensitized to death that they believe that the murders of millions of innocent Iraqis, Libyans, Syrians, Afghanis, etc, etc, etc, is all just ‘grins and giggles’ cuz’ this is ‘MURIKA and we can do whatever the F we want to anyone, anytime.

Nexto–

‘I chose life when I walked those few short blocks from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s New York campus to the Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood on Bleecker Street.’

She chose LIFE in choosing to deliberately murder the living child within her, no different than the ‘life’ which her cousins in Israel ‘choose’ when they firebomb Gaza, shoot Palestinian children in the head or whatever flavor of murder and mayhem happens to tickle their fancy at whatever moment.

Nexto–

‘You may have noticed that my abortion story is very Jewish. Everything from the timing of the accidental conception to the decision and even to the procedure itself was brimming with the practice of my Judaism. It is impossible to extricate my Judaism from my abortion.’

We have a catchy little saying here which we utilize often in understanding/explaining what really is for all intents and purposes a law of nature as inevitable and irrevocable as gravity itself, which is that– 

FISH SWIM, BIRDS FLY, AND JEWS LIE…

However, just as there are exceptions to many things, in this case, our deranged, demented and dangerous rebbe of the female persuasion is telling the truth–It is impossible to extricate her abortion from her Judaism, something which she explains in further detail, to wit–

‘The standard Jewish line on abortion is that Judaism traditionally permits abortion… This derives from Mishnah Ohalot 7:6, which states that ‘for a woman who is having a hard labor they shall cut up the fetus in her womb and remove it limb by limb, mipnei shechayeiha kodmin l’chayyav, because her life comes before its life.’

It is no mere coincidence that the most practiced form of abortion in America and the West is the very practice which our deranged, demented and dangerous rebbe of the female persuasion describes and which happens to appear in Judaic law–‘to cut up the fetus in the womb and remove it limb by limb.’

And finally, in bringing this little examination to a close, let us consider the following from our deranged, demented and dangerous Prisoner of Zion–

‘As Jews, another strategy is available to us. If anyone, ever again, tries to argue that abortion restrictions are justified under the prerogative of religious freedom, we can explain that OUR religious freedom demands that we have access to abortion care when it is needed and wanted.’

Please pay close attention to that word ‘strategy’. It is a word used within the context of warfare, which indeed is EXACTLY what Christian/Muslim societies face from those organized forces of anti-Gentilism operating in their midst. There never was, never is, and never will be any ‘peaceful co-existence’ with an entity that seeks your utter and complete destruction, just as Moses commanded to the ‘Children of Israel’ that they were to ‘Go and strike Amalek and devote to utter destruction all that they have…Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant…’

 

Rabbi Rachel Pass for the Times of Israel

On the second night of Rosh Hashanah, in my second year of rabbinical school, while working at my first-ever High Holiday pulpit, I accidentally conceived.

I had my first bout of morning sickness in our introductory Talmud course, and my first pregnancy craving during Hebrew Literature and Grammar (I still swear that pickles on pizza is a million-dollar idea).

I took my pregnancy test on Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan and and when it read positive I whispered the Hebrew blessing ‘asher yatzar et ha’adam b’chochmah…’ who created human beings with wisdom….

That night, I attended a required class Shabbat program at Kehilat Romemu on the Upper West Side, where I discovered that morning sickness could indeed happen at night in a shul bathroom.

I prayed. I read every piece of Jewish literature on abortion that I could find. I read every opinion article on the internet about ‘why I’m happy I had an abortion’ or ‘how I came to regret my abortion.’ I made a list of pros and cons. I consulted the would-be father as well as my rabbinic mentor, Rabbi Jen Gubitz. I cried on the phone with my mom.

Ultimately, I made the choice using the instinctual wisdom inside myself, heeding nobody’s opinion but my own. And perhaps God’s.

We Jews are commanded, in lines that appear in this week’s Torah portion: ‘I have put before you today blessing and curse, life and death. Therefore, choose life.’

That commandment has been coopted as a rallying cry for those who support restrictions on abortion, such as the Texas ban on abortions after six weeks that went into effect this week when the US Supreme Court declined to block it. But for me and so many others, this verse is a clear rebuttal to that law, the most significant infringement on abortion rights in America since Roe v. Wade protected a women’s right to choose 48 years ago.

I chose life when I walked those few short blocks from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s New York campus to the Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood on Bleecker Street. I took the first pill in a quiet office, sitting across from a doctor who looked just like me. The next morning, my Medieval Jewish History class took a field trip to the Met Cloisters. Our professor was late because she had to prepare her brisket for Shabbat dinner.

I felt so sick I could hardly stand. That night, I livestreamed Shabbat services while holding the four Misoprostol pills in the four corners of my mouth, waiting for them to disintegrate. I bled all night.

A week after the bleeding stopped I went to the mikveh, the Jewish ritual bath, with ImmerseNYC, a liberal mikveh project founded by Rabbi Sara Luria. I did an adapted version of a post-abortion ritual written by Rabbi Tamar Duvdevani. I listened to Debbie Friedman’s ‘Sow In Tears, Reap In Joy’ on repeat the entire way there and the entire way home. I looked at my naked body in the giant mirror in the preparation room and saw every change that that short pregnancy had wrought. I felt weak and I felt strong. I sang to myself because I was still scared, as I dipped under the water and came back up: ‘Elohai n’shamah shenatata bi t’hora hi,’ My God the soul you have given me is pure.

The next morning, our class took a field trip to that same mikveh. I asked five of my classmates, now colleagues, to come early. They were pretty much my only friends in New York at the time and some of the only people that I had told about my abortion. We stood on the corner of 74th and West End Avenue on a windy morning with a challah that I had baked and a little bit of honey and finished the ritual together. We dipped the challah in the honey, a symbol of sweeter times ahead. I cried. We stood in a circle and they wrapped their arms around me. ‘Hazorim b’dimah b’rinah yiktzoru,’ I repeated, ‘those who sow in tears will reap in joy.’

You may have noticed that my abortion story is very Jewish. Everything from the timing of the accidental conception to the decision and even to the procedure itself was brimming with the practice of my Judaism. It is impossible to extricate my Judaism from my abortion.

And yet you might also assume that my abortion would not have been Jewishly ‘okay’, i.e. permissible under halacha, or Jewish law, because I simply did not want to be pregnant – because mine is the kind of abortion that anti-choicers most disdain. The standard Jewish line on abortion is that Judaism traditionally permits abortion when the pregnancy endangers the life of the mother. This derives from Mishnah Ohalot 7:6, which states that ‘for a woman who is having a hard labor they shall cut up the fetus in her womb and remove it limb by limb, mipnei shechayeiha kodmin l’chayyav, because her life comes before its life.’

Chayeiha kodmin l’chayyav, her life comes before that of the fetus.

What does it mean that the life of the pregnant person comes before that of the fetus? Over the centuries, various rabbinic authorities have offered their answers. It means that her physical needs and pain levels are prioritized over the birthing of the child (Rabbis Josef Trani and Jacob Emden). It means that her mental health is prioritized over the birthing of the child (Rabbi Mordecai Winkler). It means that her dignity and her honor are prioritized over the birthing of the child (Rabbi Ben-Zion Ouziel).

It means that the primary consideration in the Jewish question of abortion is the needs of the person giving birth, their life, their health and their dignity.

The Texas abortion ban, SB8, denies human dignity. This ban not only removes the option of safe choice for individuals seeking abortion care in Texas, but it also empowers and incentivizes individual citizens to report and pursue legal action against those who aid people seeking abortion, from doctors to family members to cab drivers.

As a result, it criminalizes care – something that in itself violates Jewish law. As Jews we are commanded over and over again to care for those on the ‘margins’ of society, i.e. the poor, the widowed and orphaned, the queer, the people of color, people with disabilities, the systemically oppressed. These are the people who are already and will continue to be most devastated by this abortion ban and by the abortion bans that anti-abortion activists hope will follow all over the country. The lack of care for those in our society who need it most is a prophetic call to us as Jews.

Americans who want to fight back against SB8 can do many things. We can donate to organizations such as the Lilith Fund and the Buckle Bunnies Fund, which provide financial assistance to those in Texas seeking abortion, or to Jane’s Due Process, which provides teens with abortion care and birth control, or Fund Texas Choice, which provides out-of-state transportation and accommodations. We can share websites like abortionfinder.org or needabortion.org, which direct people to safe clinics. We can call our legislators and lobby for the federal Women’s Health Protection Act, which would protect women and people of all genders against state-level legislation such as SB8.

As Jews, another strategy is available to us. If anyone, ever again, tries to argue that abortion restrictions are justified under the prerogative of religious freedom, we can explain that OUR religious freedom demands that we have access to abortion care when it is needed and wanted.

There is nothing more sacred than the right to live one’s life as one chooses – and to choose life, and to choose blessing. In having an abortion, I chose my life. Now I will do what I can to ensure that others – including the countless women, nonbinary individuals and trans men affected by SB8 in Texas – can retain the sacred choice to make their own choices and their own blessings.

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