It Is not for Us to Decide Who Should Live

204Question: In the 1970s and 1980s in the Soviet Union, children born with autism and mental retardation were often not given to their parents. They were told that the child had died during childbirth.

How does Kabbalah view this issue? Should these children be left behind? What is the attitude of Kabbalah to everything living?

Answer: As a divine creation. We have no right to destroy anything.

We have the right to take food from nature—what we are supposed to in normal quantities without causing harm. For this, there are special laws of slaughter, cooking, and so on.

Just as animals eat animals, so we must eat them within reasonable limits, and this is not considered a violation of the balance of nature. Everything is created this way.

We must strive to do no harm or unnecessary pain to anyone. Any creature, no matter how it was born, has the right to exist. It is not for us to decide who should live and who should not.
From KabTV’s “Close-Up. Special Territory” 5/17/11

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