Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Building the Vessel for the Brachah of Children

Isn't this little face precious? Most couples want to start a family, not only is this a basic and normal desire, but it is a mitzvah from the Torah that men fulfill the mitzvah to "be fruitful and multiply". For many, this is not so easy. What are our options?

The usual response to a problem is to turn to a doctor, let us look at the advice given by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. There are a number of letters written on this subject by the Rebbe, G-d willing we will post a few of them, in separate posts.

"Since it is G-d who is the true 'Healer of all flesh and Performer of wonders,' as we say in the Morning Blessings, and doctors are no more than His messengers, it is therefore absolutely necessary to conduct one's daily life in accordance with the instructions of the 'Healer of all flesh and Performer of wonders'. In particular, when the matter under consideration is that of having children, first and foremost one must observe the laws of our holy Torah regarding Family Purity (niddah, hefsek taharah, mikveh, and so on). No matter how good one's conduct may be in fulfilling these laws, there is always room to add on, and G-d is sure to add in His blessings for all one's needs.

It would be proper that your tefillin and also the mezuzos in your home be examined to insure that all are kosher, in accordance with Jewish law and that your wife observe the fine Jewish custom of upstanding Daughters of Israel, i.e. to give tzedakah prior to lighting the candles before every Shabbos and Yom Tov." (Likkutei Sichos vol. 16, p 581)

Elsewhere the Rebbe encourages us to help others to strengthen in these mitzvos too. If you or a loved one are starting to plan a family or are having difficulty with this area, why not partner with us in this area. You are welcome to set up a learning session either in a group or individually to learn the Hallochos relating to Family Purity. This can be in person or via the internet or phone. In addition we have various mitzvah projects, you can make a contribution that goes to help a woman in need to immerse in the Mikvah at no cost to herself, or to help a couple with the expense of having their mezuzot or tefillin checked or to help to purchase Kosher Tefillin for a Chatan or Choser B'Tshuvah.

As the Torah teaches, tzedakah helps to hasten the Redemption - 'Zion will be redeemed through justice and those who return to her through Tzedakkah.' Please partner with us to help others in Eretz Yisrael and together may we all merit increased blessing in our lives and to Hasten the Final Redemption.

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