Beit Emunah strongly supports human freedom and the individual's right to decide what to allow or forbid with regard to one's health decisions. For this reason we leave such decisions to our members. We are neither anti-vaxxer nor pro-vaxxers. We believe such choices are personal matters. Both opinions are welcomed and respected here.
Having stated this position clearly, it is the view of our rabbi and a significant portion of our membership that the Covid "vaccine" violates Jewish law and is best rejected. We stand with our members who choose to refuse the vaccine for religious, political, or health reasons. Jews and B'nei Noahchim who reject the injections do so within the full halachic observance of Jewish law.
As Sephardic (and Orthodox) Jews and American citizens, we are opposed to any mandate requiring our members to take the Covid vaccine or any other medical treatment against their will. Those of our members who lost loved ones in the holocaust are especially supportive of the Nuremberg Code Article 6, Sections 1 and 3 that says, in part, that no government can mandate or force medical treatment without individual consent. This experimental forced injection is too reminiscent of Dr. Mengele, I do not consent! Punishing me for this is unfair and violates my rights, both religious and social.
Our holy religion forbids taking potentially harmful substances into our bodies. We know that thousands of people have died from the vaccine according to the CDC itself. In September 2021: In the US "states and territories of 19,136 patients with COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough infection who were hospitalized or died." That's too many people dying from the vaccine, and that number is certainly under reported and down played. Many estimates have the number closer to 30,000: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/health-departments/breakthrough-cases.html
The vaccines were rushed through without proper research, and their results are being kept hidden from scientific reviews. At this point, there is no way to know the long-term dangers they pose. Hundreds of respected doctors and scientists are warning they are not safe, and yet, they are being censored on social media and traditional media, thus making informed consent impossible. This widespread censorship suggests ill intent. All the more since so many of the people pushing it, like Anthony Fauci and Bill Gates, have major financial investments in these so-called vaccines. They are not objective commentators. The real objective experts are all being canceled for telling the truth according to their valid research!
Likewise, the four major companies making these covid vaccines are/have either:
- Never brought a vaccine to market before covid (Moderna and Johnson & Johnson).
- Are serial felons (Pfizer, and Astra Zeneca).
- Are both (Johnson & Johnson).
None of these companies provide confidence that they are competent to fundamentally alter our bodies, nor that they have our health and well-being in mind.
Our religion prohibits cannibalism. Human fetal cells are commonly used in medical research, including in the development and production of vaccines. Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson have all used cell lines (known as HEK293 and PER.C6) taken from the tissue of aborted fetuses from the ’70s and ’80s.
While Moderna and Pfizer used the cells in the testing of their vaccines, Johnson & Johnson used the PER.C6 cells—or, as the Catholic bishops termed them, “abortion-derived cell lines”—in the development and production of its vaccine. Taking the remains of aborted children directly or indirectly into one's body would be cannibalism and a violation of Jewish religious beliefs and duties. Our religion is also clear that accepting benefits derived from murder or other crimes is accounted to the recipient as though he/she had personally committed the forbidden act.
Also, the fact that the makers of these so-called vaccines can not be held liable for any damages or deaths, makes their motives highly suspect. If the vaccines are safe, these highly unusual legal protections would not be needed. If they are not safe, they should not be required. No other drug manufacturer has such protections.
When the vaccine makers submitted their papers to the FDA for the Emergency Use Authorization (Note: An EUA is not the same as a full FDA approval), among the many “Data Gaps” they reported was that they have nothing in their trials to suggest they overcame Vaccine Enhanced Disease. Thousands of people who have now taken the shots have died as a result. We do not want our members and loved ones to be among them. The most effective way to avoid Vaccine Enhanced Disease, blood clots, sterilization, and other known dangers is to refuse to take the vaccine.
Giving these companies the benefit of the doubt, they simply don’t know – i.e. they have no scientific evidence – if the vaccines will also produce the same cytokine storm (and deaths) as previous attempts at such products. Now that they have been in use for a while, it is clear that in many cases these possibilities have not been eliminated.
The early official numbers of people with Covid were artificial and proven to be unreliable. These same deceptive people, who have strong monetary interests in pushing the injections, provide no evidence of its effectiveness, nor the active numbers of the infected, nor the numbers of infections or deaths among vaccinated as opposed to the unvaccinated. Vaccinated people are still told to mask up. A large percentage of covid deaths are happening among the vaccinated population so the vaccinations clearly are not effective. The vaccines do not prevent the transmission of the virus nor death from it. Since the vaccines do not provide immunity and are not even vaccines (because they contain nothing of the virus itself), and considering the very high mortality rate of people who have taken it, consenting to receive the injection makes no rational nor scientific sense. The potential harm far out ways the supposed good, in our opinion.
According to the CDC’s own numbers, covid has a 99.74% survival rate for most people.
Why would a person risk their life on a product that doesn't stop the infection or transmission of the virus, that kills about the same number of people as the common cold, that has a .26% chance of killing them? Since the virus continues to mutate, like the common cold, no vaccine thus far developed can prevent it, which is why they are already pushing booster shots and making their backers billions of dollars more.
As a congregation we believe in the scientific method. Develop a real vaccine that is free of the appearance of Cannibalism, that does not cause massive blood clots, that does not kill twenty to thirty thousand people (so far), that has been thoroughly scientifically vetted, and our members may choose to take it, if they decide it would help them. But the Covid so-called vaccines and their pushers have completely violated the scientific method and destroyed the credibility of the US health services, the WHO, the medical profession, and our frankly our political leadership.
Those who do not consent have every right to refuse both under Jewish laws, American law and the Nuremberg Code Article 6, Sections 1 and 3. Forced compliance would be a violation of our deeply held religious beliefs. Such a deliberate violation would impact every aspect of our lives. From then on a person who submits to these forced vaccinations would know that they have committed a grievous sin against God. That we would be incapable of correcting later because once the graphite and other materials would be introduced into our bodies there would be no way to remove them. Such a person would feel they have committed cannibalism to save their job, to be permitted into stores, and so on. There is no way of knowing how living with such guilt might impact them. Certainly, if it kills us, as it has thousands of others, it would be devastating for our spouses, our children, and other loved ones.
We could provide many solid links to support our concerns and reasoning, however because of censorship the scientists and doctors who are standing against this injection are being silenced and deplateformed. The links would therefore lead to removed sites.
As the rabbi of Beit Emunah I recommend people reject it even as I recommend they avoid adultery etc. But the individual must make his/her own decisions in life. To reject this vaccine is to honor our holy religion and one's God given free will. By refusing to bend the knee to these demands one is like Daniel and others who refused to obey bad orders. They are standing on firm Jewish and Constitutional ground and we stand with them.Deuteronomy 30:19 requires Jews to always choose life when making choices. The vaccines have killed or severely injured more than 19,000 people according to the CDC website, and most agree that the numbers are actually much higher. That is not choosing life. As a Jew he is well within the parameters of our religion to reject something he believes may be hazardous to his health. Our rabbis and congregation stand with his decision.
Exodus 20:6 “You shall not murder." Aborted (murdered) children are used for the production of the vaccines as is known. Therefore profiting from their deaths, even if the vaccines work and were safe, violates Jewish law. The vaccines do not have to directly include fetal tissue for this to be applicable. If such were used in their development, and they were, those who take them share in the responsibility for these aborted victims. It is no different than those who used lamp shades made of Jewish human flesh during the Nazi era. For religious Jews any semblance to what was done during those dark years is forbidden. For people like Peter who lost loved ones during those years due to Jew hatred these connections are all the more pertinent to such considerations. Forcing the vaccine on him could well have grave spiritual and mental detriments.
Judaism is a very diverse religious system. Some rabbis are supporting the vaccines (mostly among the non-Orthodox), some are neutral on them, and some are opposing them (mostly among the Orthodox, As a member of our congregation, Peter is Orthodox). Judaism stresses the necessity of individual choice in such matters. If a person chooses to accept the shot(s) that is their affair, they have that God given right. If they choose not to take it (them) that is equally their right. As the rabbi of Beit Emunah I recommend people reject the injections even as I recommend they avoid adultery etc. But the individual must make his/her own decisions in life. To reject this vaccine is to honor our holy religion and one's God given free will over his/her own body, and one's Constitutional rights under the laws of the United States, as well as the universally binding Nuremberg Code, Article 6, Sections 1 and 3, that says, in part, that no government can mandate or force medical treatment without individual consent. Punishing Peter for refusing consent is unfair and violates his personal rights, both religious and social. By rejecting this vaccine Peter is standing on firm Jewish (halachic) ground and we stand with him. He should not be required to violate his religion and conscience in order to maintain the well being of his family.
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