Jerusalem - Rabbis Metzger And Amar: Killing Fetuses Is â€śLike Actual Murderâ€ť
Jerusalem - As in previous years, Israeli Chief Rabbis Yona Metzger and Shlomo Amar have come out with a letter in support of the controversial nonprofit, Efrat , an organization which works to prevent abortions.
In their letter, the rabbis write in part, â€śWe see great importance in the work of the Efrat association to save the lives of Jewish children; over its 30 years of activity, tens of thousands of fetuses were saved, and in the past year alone, the lives of 4,000 children were saved.â€ť
This year, however, the rabbis deviated from the text of their usual support letter and went as far as calling for â€śmaking the wider public aware of the extreme seriousness involved in killing fetuses, which is like actual murder,â€ť according to a report published in Haâ€™aretz (http://bit.ly/UljoCA).
Rabbis Metzger and Amar also directed the marriage departments of Israelâ€™s religious councils to continue disseminating the Efrat-produced publication entitled â€śFor a Happy Marriageâ€ť because of â€śits great importance and necessity.â€ť
The rabbis typically issue their annual letter to coincide with Parshat Shemos, the Torah portion which details the murder of Jewish babies at the hands of the Egyptians.
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