International Nazarene Beit Din
Official Declaration Concerning Vaccines
The Torah commands, ונשמרתם מאד לנפשותיכם “Guard your selves/lives carefully” (Deut. 4:15a) This Biblical commandment requires one to be very vigilant in caring for one’s nefesh (life/self), and to refrain from any action that may put his life or health in danger. Additionally, many vaccines contain unkosher substances. The benefits and risks of vaccination are a much-debated matter in medical and scientific circles. Although one may follow the opinion of most doctors and choose to vaccinate his/herself and his or her children, the individual who has done his or her own research has the obligation to act according to his or her own knowledge. If one’s research has led him or her to understand that the risks of vaccination outweigh its benefits, and especially when his or her view is supported by many medical doctors and researchers, the commandment of ונשמרתם מאד לנפשותיכם “Guard your selves/lives carefully” (Deut. 4:15a) obligates that person to shield himself/herself and his or her children from vaccines. Moreover, such an individual would also be bound to refuse such a vaccination due to its unkosher content. This is even more true when a parent has reasons to believe that his or her children are sensitive to vaccines. To act otherwise would be a transgression of the above Torah commandment.
The International Nazarene Beit Din
Aril 24th, 2019