Most people look forward to marrying and becoming parents at some stage in their adult lives. The difficulties in finding a suitable spouse are well known. However, many people are unaware of the difficulties that can dog the attempt to have children.
Up to fifteen per cent of couples experience infertility. Modern technological advances provide new hope for these couples, who in a previous era might have been relegated to life-long childlessness. Yet these new procedures present many ethical dilemmas as well.
In our lesson, we focus on artificial insemination and the challenges it creates, as well as how modern rabbinic authorities have endeavored to find workable solutions.
We also examine traditional Jewish perspectives toward childbearing and childlessness, as well as words of support for those traversing this difficult journey.
Looking forward to seeing you next week.