Saving a Life, Saving a World

How do Israelis relate to the abortion issue? What investment could be better than saving the life of a child?

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Gary Fitleberg

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Saving a life is equal to saving an entire world, the Talmud tells us truthfully.

How do Israelis relate to the abortion issue? What investment could be better than saving the life of a child?

By heeding this call, you can save the lives of Jewish children and descendants of future generations, and perpetuate the Torah's commandment to be fruitful and multiply. By doing so, you strengthen the State of Israel and the Jewish people demographically, and guarantee their existence and future. Giving the greatest gift of life - children. What gift of "giving" can be better?

The Efrat, or "Real Pro-Choice", organization has saved the lives of over 18,000 Jewish children over the past 28 years, by providing support to pregnant women in distress and financial hardship in Israel.

There are close to 50,000 abortions in Israel each and every year. It has been estimated that since 1948, Israel has lost close to two million Jewish children to abortion. The worst part is that about half of these could have been prevented if only these women were provided with some basic financial and social support.

Anyone who knows and reads anything about Israel knows that the issue of demographics is one of the most important facing Israel. Demographics influence democracy and the continuation of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. The demographic threat to Israel's existence is, by common consensus, Israel's greatest danger today. It is forecasted that there will be an Arab majority in Israel by the year 2020, less than 15 years from now. Imagine how much stronger Israel would be demographically today with one million more Jews. Imagine if we could create, both figuratively and literally, an "inner aliyah" of 15 to 25 thousand Jews each year. At a cost of only $1,000 per "oleh", Efrat is a real bargain compared to other aliyah projects. And the Israeli government won't even have to pay for airfare and housing. The potential "olim" are already in Israel, just waiting to be born.

Some starting statistics to ponder:

Last year, in an average week in Israel, 11 Israelis were killed in road accidents, two were murdered by terrorists, and 950 babies were lost to abortion, mainly due to economic and financial concerns. Of the 1,000 women who undergo an abortion in Israel every week, there are hundreds whose first choice is to have their babies, but due to financial or social pressures, they feel they have no alternative but to choose to terminate their pregnancies.

Since 1977, Efrat has been reaching out to these women in their hour of need. By offering them a package of support, Efrat gives the economic confidence to over 1,500 women every year to achieve their first choice and have their babies. This support package includes monthly food and supplies (diapers, formula, canned and dried foods for a year, which is worth over $700), free baby equipment (a baby bath, bassinet, blankets, clothes, crib, stroller, as well as other items, worth about $300), as well as a support staff of 2,800 volunteers matched to the women for social support. Many of these friendships last a lifetime.

In this very simple way, last year alone, Efrat saved the life of 1,658 Jewish children. With twice the budget, Efrat could have saved twice as many children. And so on. You do the math. Each and every year, Efrat saves the lives of 800 future Israeli soldiers and 800 future Jewish mothers.

Several factors contribute to the very low overhead and success rate in saving children's lives. Director of Efrat, Dr. Eli Schussheim, a modern-day saint and savior and well-known surgeon in Israel, attributes the low overhead and success to the fact that the organization is run entirely on a volunteer basis. Most of the office work, in Efrat's one and only office in Jerusalem, is done by Sherut Leumi - National Service - volunteers.

According to Dr. Schussheim, "In the over 18,000 cases Efrat has supported over the past 28 years, I have yet to meet the first mother who told me she is sorry to have her child alive and well in her home."

Create a moving and uplifting experience. Do not hesitate. Do not meditate. Do not procrastinate. Do it right now. Save a life; save a world.


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