Friday, January 14, 2011

Barbarians at the Womb

Are you a Jewish woman, or do you know any Jewish women? If so you must read this blog.

Are you or some Jewish woman you know planning to have a child with a Gentile man? Are you or some Jewish woman you know planning artificial insemination using Gentile sperm? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, stop! Do not do it. You are endangering the life of the entire human race.

Rabbi Dov Lior, a prominent leader in Israel’s Religious Zionist movement, in a speech at a women’s health conference, explained that sperm carries the character traits of the donor, and Gentile sperm, being the sperm of Gentiles, carries “negative genetic traits that characterize non-Jews.” Using such sperm will, Rabbi Lior said, “lead to barbaric offspring.”

Rabbi Lior’s position is in opposition to the mainstream rabbinic ruling that a Jewish woman using donated sperm is better off using the sperm of a Gentile than that of an anonymous Jew since the latter might be related to her. When having to choose between Cohen and Conan, most rabbis go with Conan; Rabbi Lior suggests the opposite:

“The character traits of the father pass on to the son. If the father is not Jewish, what character traits could he have? Traits of cruelty, of barbarism! These are not traits that characterize the people of Israel.”

What traits do characterize the Jewish people? According to Rabbi Lior, Jewish traits are mercy, shyness, and generosity. And if Rabbi Lior is any proof we might add xenophobia and stupidity as well. But better to be a boor than a barbarian, I always say.*

*(Well, not always. Truth is, I’ve never said this before, but I intend to always say it starting now.)


Maggid said...

Oh Rami,
you find the best stuff to share with us.
Okay, Okay - I'm a Jewish Woman - no children (not gonna happen) - I AM probably the Original Barbarian Child that caused this study . . (giggle)

All Best to You
Thank You again for such stellar work (and terrific amount of fun.)

Mano said...

Lior is only quoting from the Talmud...rachmanim benei rachmanim... by the way are you familiar with thee poetry of Fernando Pesoa?

Old Lady said...

I remember asking my Father why a Jewish man could marry a non-Jewish woman but a Jewish woman could not marry a non-Jewish man. (Please note that I was a doubter from an early age and often asked uncomfortable questions, particularly when I was very young). My father told me(and he was very active in the Methodist church at the time) that was because...put simply...that any woman may bear the Savior that is to come, but that the Savior can only come from the "seed" of a Jewish man. Maybe that's what the Rabbi meant by barbarian. If not, there was an interesting show on the History channel the other day, which intelligently discussed the possibility of the Old Ones or Ancients being aliens and religion sprouting from them...