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     The Judaic view can be summarized by the first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve: “Be fruitful and multiply”. The Hebrew law is characterized by a strict association between the religious dogmas and the practice laws.
     The origin of the written law can be traced back in the Torah, the Jewish sacred book, which contains the first 5 books of the Scripture, an expression of God’s revelation both a humanitarian guide and a book of wisdom. Dominant life guidelines of the oral law are studied in the Jewish schools. The Mishnah includes the traditional interpretations of the Torah and the post-biblical life rules. Talmud is a monumental document which contains rules originated from Mishnah. Moreover Responsa has approximately 1000 volumes and contains laws which can be interpreted as pro-IVF and assisted reproduction.
     Another pro-IVF argument can be found in a 2nd century Talmud statement which says that any man without children is a dead man. Mishnah speaks about the number of children required in order to fulfill the divine commandment of procreation. The marriage, called mitzvah is understood by the Jewish church as the legal and religious acts performed by a man and a woman out of religious duty, a useful union which prevents the sexual sins, and moreover must generate heirs. Hebrew laws recognize sex as an important part of the human life, for the Jews sex is healthy and their laws acknowledge the importance of sexual desire. Mitzvah Onah states that a man has 3 important duties to his life partner: he must provide food, clothing and fulfill his conjugal duties.
     The Judaism allows doctors to treat infertility and the infertile married couple must be go through all the stages of the diagnosis and treatment as a single unit. Moreover the woman has to be investigated prior to the man, only if she is clinically apt to procreate the man will also be examined.
     The infertility test preferred by Jews consists in the analysis- spermatogram of a post-coital sperm sample of taken from the woman’s vagina or from a special condom after coitus-interruptus; the Judaic church disapproves with analyzing sperm obtained through masturbation.
     The Jewish laws of sexual conduit forbid sexual intercourse during the menstrual period; a woman which menstruates is called Niddah and during this 7-days starting with the first day of period, she shouldn’t be touched by her man, afterwards, an after-sunset bathing ritual -Mikveh follows, and then the couple may have sex. If the woman has abnormal bleeding, possible due to uterine dysfunctional behavior, she is named Zavah, her man has to wait until she is cleaned and then he must wait for 7 more days before initiating any sexual contact. Postpartum bleeding answers to the same law described above.
     Assisted reproduction, IVF- in vitro fertilization is commonly accepted, but only if the embryo is fertilized by the husband’s sperm. Donor sperm is accepted only as a legal option. In Israel, for example, there are only few people who would accept this medical treatment and most Rabbis consider the child conceived with donor sperm to be a bastard.
     In-vitro fertilization and embryo transfer are permitted only inside the couple; embryo’s cryopreservation is permitted only if the father’s identity is preserved. Moreover      Judaism doesn’t forbid the surrogate mothers, but with the condition that the man who provided the sperm acts as the father of the baby. The religious point of view is that the child belongs to the man who provided the sperm and to the woman who gave birth to it.

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