Monday, November 23, 2009

King Solomon's Divided Baby

There's a well known medrash, legend about King Solomon and the two mothers fighting over a baby.  King Solomon suggests cutting the baby in half, so both mothers, women, would get part.  One mother agrees, but the other refuses, not wishing to harm the beloved, innocent child.

I thought of it when reading this New York Times article about fathers who discover through DNA testing that their child isn't their biological child and all the legal, financial and emotional repercussions.

Recently Torah Tidbits has had a series from The Puah Institute about children with "two mothers," the one who provided the egg and the one who carried and nurtured the baby in her womb.

There's so much modern relevance in ancient Jewish Law.  In the NY Times article, some of the fathers reject the child the minute they realize that there's no biological connection, but others have true paternal feelings irrelevant to any DNA.

How can I write about this without discussing our claim to the Land G-d Gave Us, Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel?  Israeli politicians, media and all sorts of misguided Jewish leaders, here and abroad, are endangering the very existence of the State of Israel, because they are offering compromise, cutting the baby in half.  I don't have "polite words" for them.  I'm firm and consistent, unwavering that we Jews are the only People with a national history here, and we're the only People who have the right to a state a nation here.

Eretz Yisrael for Am Yisrael
The Land of Israel for the Jewish People 


Anonymous said...

not only are you firm and consistent, you are also repetitive and monotonous. please, try preaching to those who do not support your cause, and win a few converts!

Batya said...

Thanks for visiting; I appreciate your loyalty.

Hadassa said...

Anonymous, you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. Preaching in order to get converts is not the Jewish way. Proselytizing is, in fact, prohibited according to Jewish law. Presenting accurate, extensive information and encouraging honest dialogue is the Jewish way.

Batya said...

Thanks m'dear, I just didn't have the patience for a real reply to a.