"Each One an Entire World"

Laurie Zoloth*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter begins the discussion with Jewish ethical and religious perspectives on reproductive health, ethics, and family planning policy. It argues that to fully reflect on Jewish perspectives on reproductive health and ethics, one must have a clear understanding of both history and text. A Jewish contribution to the debate on family planning is based on both what is written and what is performed. In reflecting on Jewish ethics, one considers the whole of human activity and the whole of community as well: women as well as men are moral agents, and the lifeworld of the family, of women, and of children, is a central concern of religion. This discourse is primarily contained in the extensive literature of debate and exegesis of the rabbinic literature, which is primarily collected in a set of volumes called the Talmud.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSacred Rights
Subtitle of host publicationThe Case for Contraception and Abortion in World Religions
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199849611
ISBN (Print)9780195160017
StatePublished - Oct 3 2011


  • Ethics
  • Family planning
  • Jewish ethics
  • Jewish perspectives
  • Rabbinic literature
  • Religion
  • Reproductive health
  • Talmud

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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