My Dearest Friends,
Shlomo Hamelech teaches us in Koheles: “There is a time for every matter under the heaven…” -- A time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance. In a simple reading, these times are each separate, both in their circumstances and in their emotional responses. I think that we may allow ourselves to read these pesukim differently. It is only at ‘A-TIME’ that all these diverse sentiments can come together in harmonious symmetry. This is true for A-Time in general and particularly for me as I participate in this year’s Shasathon.
A-Time is an organization that was founded over a decade ago with the mission of providing assistance to couples who face difficulties with fertility. What started out as a humble group, has since grown to a leading institution in the Jewish world. Nowadays, A-TIME assists women in the community with all of their medical needs from birth through menopause. Working hand-in-hand with titans in the medical world, A-TIME assists with referrals, guidance and support for any gynecological issues including cycle management, complicated pregnancies, pelvic pain and/or dysfunctions, and pregnancy loss.
A-TIME also educates cancer patients regarding the potential ramifications of their treatments so that they can make the right choices about radiation, chemotherapy and surgeries, knowing the impact it may have on future child-bearing.
This Feb 17, 2019, I will be joining hundreds of Acheinu Bnei Yisroel in the 7th annual A-TIME Shasathon. The Shasathon is a gathering of Lomdim who will finish Shas in one day under one roof, as a Zchus for those struggling with infertility or related illnesses. This event is also the lead fundraising opportunity for this incredible organization.
I am humbled that my Chavrusa at the Shasathon will once again be the venerable Rabbi Chaim Aron Unger, who in addition to his many responsibilities as a Dayan and Rav, is also the Rabbinical Director of A-TIME. As his chavrusa, I have often witnessed the pain and anguish of childless couples who come to seek the guidance of Rav Chaim Aaron. The dedication and devotion with which he provides support, understanding and counseling is indescribable and often has life-altering effects on these struggling couples.
My participation in this year’s Shasathon takes on an extra level of poignance as our family mourns the loss of my brother Avrumi z”l who was niftar this past Rosh Hashana at the young age of 24. I will be dedicating my learning le’iluy nishmaso, and the memory of his exuberant smile will be on my mind during the entire event. Avrumi, on top of his ehrlichkeit and his middos, exemplified what fatherhood is all about. In his few short years with his children, his eyes would light up whenever he was around them. Even during his terrible affliction, he would never allow them to see his pain or feel that something was amiss with their Tatty.
It is my sincerest hope that you will join me in supporting this tremendous cause by donating generously to this special organization. I appeal to you, my dear friends and family: Please be part of this great event by joining me in this massive undertaking and donating to A-Time so that I can reach my fundraising goal for this year’s Shasathon.
I have undertaken to raise at least $36,000, and I am certain that with your kindness, we will B’ezras Hashem reach our goal.