JERUSALEM — A subject ordinarily not on the top of Israel’s national agenda has become a hot topic in recent weeks, following media reports that the country’s two chief rabbis sent a letter to all state-funded rabbis urging them to discourage abortions.
In the letter, which was disseminated in late December, Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar and Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger noted that approximately 50,000 abortions are performed in Israel every year — 20,000 approved by Health Ministry abortion committees and 30,000 unapproved procedures performed illegally in private clinics.
The chief rabbis wrote that abortions, which Judaism permits under certain circumstances, “delay the coming of the Messiah.”
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These fine rabbis have missed the central reality of their Tradition, that Messiah would be born of the priestly lines descending from Abraham. The priestly lines no longer intermarry according to the ancient custom, a unique marriage pattern practiced by the ruler-priests of Abraham's people because they believed that the Son of God would be born of their bloodline. The vehicle for Messiah's appearing is gone. This can mean only one thing: Messiah has already appeared!
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