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Let's Have a Baby!

Thursday, 2 August, 2018 - 10:09 pm

With my family away in Texas and me missing them immensely, I’ve been thinking about our experience with infertility . When encountering this unbearable challenge, Chavie and I were forced to make a choice: live a meaningful life without children or create an unconventional family by adopting children who need loving parents. For us, the thought process went something like this: just because G-d decided that biological children weren’t in the cards for us, it doesn’t mean we should resign to, what would be for us, a gloomy reality. Rather, it was clear, that Hashem in His infinite wisdom was giving us a chance to be adoptive parents. In the words of a wise woman “You may not have my eyes or smile, but from that very first moment you had my heart”.

Being challenged with infertility, doesn’t mean you need to remain infertile.

In the beginning of this week’s Torah portion, Eikev, we continue reading Moses’ farewell speech to Jewry. He tells them that if they adhere to G-d’s Torah, then “You shall be blessed above all peoples: There will be no sterile male or barren female among you or among your livestock.”. Its self-understood why infertility is so painful and why it’s the ultimate blessing when, in partnership with G-d, a married couple can create a family. Yet, it also teaches us a fundamental idea of Judaism: spiritual procreation. It’s incumbent on each of us, single or married, to bring new life into the world, giving birth to new light. Every day on G-d’s green earth must be infused with productivity, creativity and inspiration.

Every moment should be “fertile”.

In physical childbirth you need a father and mother, nine months of patience and once the baby is born the real work begins, as nurturing a child is a lifelong endeavor.  Similarly, when seeking to procreate light, bringing about new spirituality, we must collaborate with others, as going it alone is never easy, we must be very patient, as instant gratification is a universally accepted myth, and then we must continue to nurture and develop the light so that it doesn’t fade away. When we wake up each morning, we must ask ourselves, will I be fertile today? Will I help create goodness today? Will I be part of a miracle today? Physical infertility is something decided by G-d, but spiritual infertility is a choice we make and one we should never choose. Moses reminded Jewry that being unproductive, or even worse counterproductive, it not the Jewish way.

Let’s give birth together!

May G-d guard our brethren in Israel and the world over from harm and send us Moshiach speedily. May He protect the armed forces of Israel and the United States wherever they may be. Shabbat Shalom! Chazak!!! L'Chaim!!!

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