Generally speaking, Judaism doesn't take the same mindset for self-sacrifice as modern society. While we can have great respect for individuals who have given up their lives to save others, Jewish practice teaches that we aren't supposed to do such things and that sacrificing any life, including your own, isn't acceptable practice. It isn't your life to give.
My question is a simple one.
Much of Judaism has a huge emphasis on children and raising children. This makes sense considering how much of Judaism is centered around community and family life. Children are essential to this.
My question, does Jewish law differentiate self-sacrifice for a stranger or other adult individual vs a parent self-sacrificing for their own children?
While I suspect the same rule of "it's not your life to give" applies, I have to wonder if the Rabbis differentiate slightly because of the primal and deep connection one has to their children.
Your children are as much your future as they are their own. An aspect of yourself lives on through your children on a certain level. So is there not an act of self-preservation occurring in the sense that a parent is sacrificing themselves to keep their children alive?