He’s not a real Rabbi. And given his support for infanticide, it doesn’t appear he’s a real convert to Judaism, either.
The Jewish people have had more than a few run-ins with genocide and infanticide. Their story – as a people group – is one of victory and overcoming the darkest intentions by governments to eradicate them from the womb.
One story from the Pentetuch (the first five books) of the Old Testament (known as the תּוֹרָה Torah to Jews) occurred at a pivotal point in Hebrew history, just prior to Moses leading God’s people out of Egypt. The Egyptian government ordered the Egyptian midwives to smash the Hebrew boy infants’ heads upon the rocks. This, of course, is how Moses ended up in a basket floating down the Nile River. The Egyptian midwives disobeyed Pharaoh’s orders and God blessed them with children of their own (Exodus 1:21-22).
Another reference to abortion in the Old Testament are the many commands given by God to the Israelites not to sacrifice their babies to the Canaanite god, Molech. This deity was presumed to give parents a good harvest and a better life, all for the low, low price of sacrificing their child by making the newborn pass through an oven inside a large, graven image of the Canaanite god.
The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Say to the people of Israel, Any one of the people of Israel or of the strangers who sojourn in Israel who gives any of his children to Molech shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall stone him with stones. I myself will set my face against that man and will cut him off from among his people, because he has given one of his children to Molech, to make my sanctuary unclean and to profane my holy name. And if the people of the land do at all close their eyes to that man when he gives one of his children to Molech, and do not put him to death, then I will set my face against that man and against his clan and will cut them off from among their people, him and all who follow him in whoring after Molech (Leviticus 20:1-27).
And while Jewish believers may stop trekking with us at the beginning of the New Testament, the Bible records another rash of infanticide at the hands of the government against Jewish babies called The Massacre of the Innocents. In this account, King Herod decreed that Jewish male babies be murdered in an attempt to snuff out the life of Christ.
Matthew, the most devout Jew of the Gospel-writers, likened the incident to an Old Testament passage written by the prophet, Jeremiah, and invoked the name of the Hebrew matriarch, Rachel…
A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more
And then, we have historic examples of anti-Jewish baby extermination done in the darkest days of Hitler’s Holocaust in which Nazi doctors performed abortions on Jewish women, trying to erase the people group through brutal eugenics.
However, a fake Rabbi in the Montana House of Representatives has been citing the Torah to defend abortion.
THE FAKENESS OF ED STAFMAN’S “RABBI” CREDENTIALS
Ed Stafman (D-HD62) was born and raised in Florida, where he spent his career as a trial lawyer working mainly to overturn the death penalty (which, oddly enough, was a law given to Moses throughout the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy). Stafman now resides in Bozeman and is a freshman representative in the Montana House.
Stafman reports “despising” his Jewish upbringing. He married a non-Jew, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, which is forbidden in both the Old Testament and in the Talmud and is referred to in Hebrew as עריות (arayot). Abandoning Judaism for most of his life, Stafman claims to have put his children into Jewish school “so as to keep them from becoming Christians, which was unacceptable to me.” Despite placing his children in Jewish school, like their father, they also refused to marry fellow Jews.
There’s very little about Stafman that is in any way Jewish, which is why he could not get accepted to a real Rabbi training program.
It was then, reintroducing himself to the Judaism he grew up hating, only to keep his children from becoming Christians (which he also hated), that he became intwined with the “Jewish Renewal Movement.”
Aleph: The Alliance for Jewish Renewal, which has issued Stafman his Rabbi “credentials” does so through an online form, much like one might send it for a toy advertised by Cracker Jacks. The ordination process website says that it will “will empower Jewish teachers and leaders, artists, healers, and spiritual guides.”
Of course, “spirit guides” are not allowed under Jewish law, either (Leviticus 19, Deuteronomy 18, Leviticus 20, etc). But the Alliance for Jewish Renewal isn’t real Judaism. It’s a political action network for homosexuals, “transgenders,” abortionists, and liberal activists who want to appear Jewish. The Alliance for Jewish Renewal is fundamentally the worst offender of Cultural Appropriation, stealing from the Jewish people their faith identity in order to affect political changes quite contrary to Jewish belief.
Stafman himself recalls in a far-left Jewish Cultural Appropriation organization that promises “radically inclusive [fake] Judaism,” that he could not get into any reputable Rabbi training programs because he doesn’t hold Jewish beliefs. In fact, Stafman was turned down by three of the leading Hebrew Rabbi training programs.
Again, the Torah forbids mysticism and ecstatic prayer, and the leaders of the Jewish faith are universally called “The Patriarchs” for a reason. That reason seems lost on “Rabbi” Stafman. Meanwhile, Stafman’s faux-Judaism “borrow freely and openly from Buddhism and Sufism, along with other faiths.”
This is called “Syncretism” and is forbidden by Jewish law in places like Deuteronomy 6, Exodus 20, and Joshua 24. In fact, it’s literally the first commandment carved into Moses’ tablets by God’s own anthropomorphic finger.
Criticism of real Jews against the fake Jews associated with Aleph have been so severe that the movement has been largely repudiated by virtually all Jewish organizations in the United States and Europe. After repudation by almost every single Jewish group against their fake credentialing led to Aleph clarifying on their website, “Jewish Renewal is sometimes referred to as ‘New Age’ …it is an important part of ALEPH’s mission to make the hidden treasures of Judaism known and accessible to these seekers.”
For example, the Jewish Renewal Movement focuses on “the Divine Feminine,” – a belief that God is a woman – something universally rejected by Jews who have been taught by the Torah that God chooses to self-identify exclusively with male pronouns.
ED STAFMAN’S FINAL SOLUTION AGAINST THE TORAH PUSHES ANTI-SEMITIC LEGISLATION
Stafman’s constant blithering about what the Torah teaches on the House Floor almost always produces a perspective precisely the opposite of what the Torah actually teaches.
For example, consider Stafman’s reasoning in support of men pretending to be girls in order to beat them up in sporting competitions…
“Judaism recognizes the dignity of human life, of every individual — every individual is made in God’s image,” But also the fact that trans girls statistically have no advantage against cis girls, that is ‘born’ girls, in sports. And that every major sporting organization such as the NCAA and the International Olympic Committee permits trans girls to participate in girls sports, albeit with certain conditions.”
The Torah could not be clearer that being “trans” is strictly forbidden in the religion. Consider Deuteronomy 22:5, “לא־יִהְיֶה כְלִי־גֶבֶר עַל־אִשָּה וְלא־יִלְבַּשׁ גֶּבֶר שִׂמְלַת אִשָּה כִּי תועֲבַת ה׳ אֱלהֶיךָ
כָּל־עשֵׂה אֵלֶּה׃” which is translated as…
A man’s item shall not be on a woman, and a man shall not wear a woman’s garment; whoever does such a thing is an abhorrence unto GOD
But its’ Stafman’s use of the Torah to defend baby murder that is most atrocious. Stafman said…
“The Jewish view is to weigh the interests of the mother’s life against the potential life, and so to cut [the right to an abortion] off at 20 weeks is to say that you’ve got to have this baby, even though you will go through the pain of childbirth and watch your baby die. Even though we know that’s the outcome,”
One wonders how on Earth (or in the Torah) Stafman believes it’s “the Jewish view” that infanticide is acceptable. It’s certainly the Egyptian view, circa 1300 BC. It’s certainly the Herodian view circa 1 AD. And it’s the Nazi view, circa 1939. But how could it be considered the Jewish view?
The Torah is clear…unborn babies are human beings – even people – and killing them is murder.
The Psalms teach that God knits together infants in the womb (Psalm 139:13), and knows them as people even before they are born (Jeremiah 1:5). Meanwhile, the Torah places the death penalty upon those who hurt a pregnant woman if harm is done to her unborn child (Exodus 21:21-25).
Of course, any religion can be contorted and sacred texts twisted in order to convey the point of a political insurgent. And Stafman, in particular, seems adept at abusing the Scriptures he claims, to him, are sacred.
Sadly, Rabbi Stafman agrees with Adolph Hitler that Jewish babies aren’t people and don’t have a right to live. But hopefully, as he progresses in Helena, he’ll take off his כיפה (kippah) and just admit what we already know…he hates the Jewish people and is only imitating them in order to provide an expressway for their termination at the hands of Democrats.