Jewish Perspectives on Reproductive Realities

National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)

Family planning has been discussed in Judaism for several thousand years. From the earliest of the ‘sages’ until today, a range of opinions has existed — opinions which can be in tension with one another and are constantly evolving. 

This article by Rabbi Lori Koffman, NCJW Board Director and Chair of NCJW’s Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice Initiative, outlines the different Jewish perspectives on multiple reproductive issues, including abortion, in connection with our modern realities. 

This can be used by educators to begin a discussion, and quoted sources and be used for further exploration and deeper text study. 



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