Psychiatric Hazard in the Halachic Disposition Towards Birth Control and Abortion: The Role of the Caseworker

By Moshe HaLevi Spero

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), December 1976

While observant Jews follow Jewish law (halacha) as interpreted and decided by rabbis, the author explains that rabbis often consult relevant non-rabbinic professionals in order to come to their halachic (Jewish legal) opinions. For example, a rabbi deciding whether a food is kosher may consult a chemist regarding the source and nature of a chemical used in the food's manufacture. The author argues that similar consultations between rabbis and Jewish social service providers ought to take place (as they are currently uncommon) in order to re-evaluate halachic norms regarding birth control and abortion. The author reviews relevant social and psychological issues that he believes ought to influence rabbis' halachic deliberations in these matters. In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, ed. by Sanford Sherman, v.53, no.2, December 1976, p.155-164.

Topic: Halakha, Jewish Law, Abortion, Social Issues, Modernity, Sexuality

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Volume/Issue: Vol. 53/No. 2

Page Number(s): 155-164

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Language: English

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Spero, Moshe HaLevi. Psychiatric Hazard in the Halachic Disposition Towards Birth Control and Abortion: The Role of the Caseworker. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). December 1976: 155-164. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=1129


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