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Is adoption an option from the Jewish perspective?

by Rabbi Shlomo Chein


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As a matter of fact, throughout the ages Jewish people have always welcomed into their homes ("adopted") orphans and abandoned children. The Talmud1 goes so far to say "Whoever brings up an orphan in his home, Scripture ascribes it to him as though he had begotten him."

As with anything so delicate and potentially life altering, one must proceed with feelings of affection, and caution.

There is love, and there are technicalities. We can nurture, care for, and love a child just as if s/he were our own, but when we say "just as" that implies that biologically the child is not our own. And this calls for extra awareness regarding some issues of Jewish law. A couple seeking to adopt should consult with a competent Halachic authority for Jewish guidance in this noble and sensitive endeavor.

You can read about some of the issues that might arise on this link from Torah.org2


  • 1. Tractate Sanhedrin 19b
  • 2. Askmoses provides this link as a public service. We do not necessarily vouch for or endorse information from this or any other sites.
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