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January 01, 1988 - Image 26

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-01-01

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Are Condoms Kosher
In AIDS Prevention?

New York — As Catholic
theologians debate whether
to approve instruction about
the use of condoms in
Catholic educational pro-
grams on AIDS, American
Jewish religious leaders are
clarifying their own
movements' positions on the
issue.
At the Dec. 16 monthly ex-
ecutive meeting of the Rab-
binical Council of America,
for instance, rabbis represen-
ting mainstream Orthodox
Judaism passed a resolution
that advocates monogamy in
marriage and abstinence
from premarital sex, rather
than the use of condoms, to
prevent the spread of ac-
quired immune deficiency
syndrome.
Condoms are "definitely
against Jewish law," accord-
ing to Rabbi Binyamin
Walfish, executive vice presi-
dent of RCA, who said the
resolution would instead
focus on the "positive aspects
of faithfulness and fidelity."
By contrast the Union of
American Hebrew Congrega-
tions, the central congrega-
tional body of Reform
Judaism, while also ad-
vocating abstinence and
monogamy as both Jewish
values and preventive
measures against AIDS,
recommends that educators
"talk about condom use and
provide (age-appropriate) in-
struction on how to use a con-
dom properly." According to
Dr. Boris O'Mansky, chair-
man of UAHC's Committee
on AIDS.
Similarly, a policy paper
issued earlier this month by
the United States Catholic
Conference said providing in-
formation about condoms
could be permitted if
presented within the context
of Roman Catholic teachings
that advocated "abstinence
outside of marriage and
fidelity within marriage, as
well as the avoidance of in-
travenous drug use."
Some Catholic bishops, in-
cluding New York's Cardinal
John O'Connor, have voiced
their opposition to the policy
paper.
According to David Zweibel,
director of government affairs
of Agudat Israel of America,
strict interpretation of Jewish
law forbids the use of con-
doms because of biblical in-
junctions against the
"destruction of seed," or
onanism. Exceptions have
been allowed by some rabbis,
said Zweibel, when a mar-
riage partner had tested
positive for AIDS.

Thus Agudat Israel, a con-
gregational body of ultra-
Orthodox Jews, "does not
teach about (condom use) and
makes no bones about it,"
said Zweibel.
"We stress abstinence out-
side of marriage and that
drug abuse is not healthy.
Our type of education con-
tributes to the type of lifestyle
least susceptible to the
disease," he said.
Rabbi Haskel Lookstein,
immediate past president of
the New York Board of Rabbis
and principal of the Ramaz
School, an Orthodox secon-
dary school in Manhattan,
said that students there are
informed about the uses of
condoms in a sex ethics
course taken during the
sophomore year.
"From a Jewish and a
health point of view one
should abstain from
premarital intercourse. But
one should make available
the information that if one is
going to do that, a condom is
better than nothing," said
Lookstein
The Ur i, ed Synagogue of
America, representing 850
Conservative organizations
around the world, recently
adopted a resolution on AIDS
that "goes counter to what
the cardinal (O'Connor)
believes," according to Rabbi
Benjamin Kreitman, ex-
ecutive vice presisent.
The resolution, adopted at
United Synagogue's biennial
convention in November, calls
for congregations to "convey
whatever information is
available for (AIDS) preven-
tion," said Kreitman.
"Without endorsing their use,
congregations should make
available information about
condoms."
groups
are
Jewish
unanimous, however, in ex-
pressing concern about the
treatment of AIDS sufferers.
The Union of Traditional
Conservative Judaism, for in-
stance, recently issued a
responsum (Jewish legal opi-
nion) on the subject, saying
that people with AIDS 'are
entitled to full medical treat-
ment and the unstinting com-
passion of the Jewish com-
munity."
Non-denominational Jew-
ish education organizations,
meanwhile, are pulling
together AIDS information
and allowing educators to
make their own choices as to
whether or not to include con-
dom education in classroom
instruction.

Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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