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Shout aloud for joy, You who did not travail! For the children of the wife forlorn shall outnumber those of the espoused—said the Lord” (Isa. 54:1). Throughout the long exile, Jews have always prayed that God would remember Jerusalem and return her chil dren to her. Every Jewish wedding served as a reminder of Jerusalem’s childless status. The fifth of the sheva berakhot (seven blessings) chanted under the marriage huppah reads, “Be extremely joyous and be gladdened, Î barren one, as The Jewish View of Infertility 39 This Library PDF version is for the use on an institutional computer only.
They count only the ten years that Sarah and Abraham lived in Canaan, not the many years they lived together previously. According to the rabbinic interpretation, before Abraham lived in Canaan, he was living in a partial state of sin and therefore was unworthy of having children. “[The Torah mentions] the ten years that Abram lived in the land of Canaan to teach us that years lived outside the land do not count toward the ten. ”25 There must be ten healthy years of living together. What is intriguing about the story are the words that 32 And Hannah Wept This Library PDF version is for the use on an institutional computer only.
Com << Chapter >> Home | TOC | Index the wombs of the women were opened up. In the next verse, we learn that God remembered Sarah, and she became pregnant with a son of her old age, Isaac. The rabbis learned a beautiful thought from the juxtaposition of these two passages. ” 22 Abraham, in spite of his own fertility problem, was willing to pray for Abimelech. In praying for his fellow, his own prayer was answered. Perhaps there is a lesson in this story for modern infertile couples. By helping each other and rejoicing in each other’s triumphs, we can ultimately help ourselves.
And Hannah Wept: Infertility, Adoption, and the Jewish Couple by Michael Gold