Abortion in Judaism by Daniel Schiff

By Daniel Schiff

Abortion in Judaism offers an entire Jewish criminal heritage of abortion from the earliest proper biblical references throughout the finish of the 20 th century. For the 1st time, nearly each Jewish textual content suitable to the abortion factor is explored intimately. those texts are investigated in historic series, thereby elucidating the advance inherent in the Jewish method of abortion. The paintings considers the insights that this thematic background offers into Jewish moral rules, in addition to into the function of halakhah inside of Judaism.

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The Gemara answers the question by ruling that if a priest’s daughter were married to an Israelite who on their wedding day cohabited with her and then died, she could eat terumah on the evening of his death, notwithstanding the fact that she might indeed be pregnant. Rav Hisda  Yevamot b.  Abortion in Judaism provides the rationale for the decision: until the fortieth day the contents of her womb were considered to be “mere fluid,” apparently of insufficient consequence to merit recognition for purposes of considering her truly to be “with child,” or to disqualify her from the consumption of terumah.

See sources in E. Westermarck, The Origin and Development of the Moral Ideas, New York, Macmillan Company, volume , , p. , nn.  and . Ubar yerekh imo does not appear in Tannaìitic sources, and is usually an anonymous formula of the Talmud. See Urbach, The Sages, p. , n. .  Nazir  a.  Yevamot a–b. Baba Kamma a. E. Ellinson, “HaUbar BaHalakhah,” Sinai, volume , : –. Urbach, The Sages, p. . Temurah a. For the Amoraìic development of this outlook, see below, p.

Some thought that it ought to be completely disregarded, and there were those, like the fourth-century St.  It is beyond question, therefore, that the categories at the core of the Septuagint and the      L. H. Schiffman, From Text to Tradition: A History of Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism, Hoboken, Ktav Publishing House Incorporated, , p. . On the influence of the notion of ensoulment on early Christian thought, see below, chapter , pp. –. Aptowitzer, “Criminal Law,” , n.

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