Rabbi Dov Lior says Jewish Law prohibits sterile couples from conceiving using non-Jew’s sperm, as it causes adverse traits.
Rabbi Dov Lior, a senior authority on Jewish law in the Religious Zionism movement, asserted recently that a Jewish woman should never get pregnant using sperm donated by a non-Jewish man – even if it is the last option available.
According to Lior, a baby born through such an insemination will have the ‘negative genetic traits that characterize non-Jews.’
Instead, he advised sterile couples to adopt.
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Lior addressed the issue during a women’s health conference held recently at the Puah Institute, a fertility clinic.
‘Sefer HaChinuch (a book of Jewish law) states that the character traits of the father pass on to the son,’ he said in the lecture. ‘If the father is not Jewish, what character traits could he have? Traits of cruelty, of barbarism! These are not traits that characterize the people of Israel.’
Lior added identified Jews as merciful, shy and charitable – qualities that he claimed could be inherited. ‘A person born to Jewish parents, even if they weren’t raised on the Torah – there are things that are passed on to him in the blood, it’s genetic,’ he explained. ‘If the father is a gentile, then the child is deprived of these things.
‘I even read in books that sometimes the crime, the difficult traits, the bitterness – a child that comes from these traits, it’s no surprise that he won’t have the qualities that characterize the people of Israel,’ he added.