I'm sure we're not the only childless couple who feels that way.
Simchas Torah, a day where we link hands, celebrating our connection to the past, present and future. A day where we celebrate the continuity and eternity of the Torah.
The only day of the year with more community members congregating in Shul than any other, including the Yomin Noraim.
The only day a year we dont count the pages to the end of the Machzar.
The day we all link our hands and sing and dance with joy as the next generation flies high in the air, or waves flags from their tatty's shoulders...
...is the loniest day of the year for us, and most other Jews who have not yet been blessed with children(including our single brothers and sisters.)
On the outside everything looks normal, but deep down inside our socks are uncomfortably sliding off of our feet.
We all want to feel connected to each other and we all want to feel like we are appreciated, accepted, and quite frankly...normal.
Jewish life. Mesorah. Torah. Aleph Bais. Upsherin. Everything about Yiddishkeit is centered around children and the continuity of Jewish family life.
Bris Milah, The most joyous and central part of entering the community, is the most visceral reminder of whats lacking in our lives.
No one can understand or appreciate the pain who hasn't experienced it. That's why ATIME was born and that's the amazing work of what may be the greatest organization impacting our lives.
ATIME is the organization that brings back joy and normalcy to the lives of couples who struggle with infertility.
The ATIME Family, and I mean that word family as literally as possible, is where we can feel like we have more than enough. Nothing is lacking. Everything is normal. Jewish Life has joy and meaning and acceptance and love and connection.
The pain is still there. It may never go away.
Yet, ATIME makes it manageable. The community, family, and friends of ATIME are owed a token of appreciation from anyone who has been positively impacted by my life, especially myself and my wife. We do not know how we can handle the struggle without them holding our hands and standing by our side.
The ATIME Shas-A-Thon is an event that to many is about completing the Talmud in a day. To others, its a fundraising event to support a wonderful organization. To me, it's another opportunity to feel like we're part of a community we sometimes feel broken away and cut off from.
A chance to link hands with our fellow Jews, sing and dance, and experience the happiness of Simchas Torah, without the pain of feeling broken.
Please Support ATIME!
We all know someone struggling with infertility and we all want to do something about it.
On February 16th, I will happily sit and study for over six hours. Together with hundreds of Acheinu Bnei Yisroel we will complete the entire shas in one day under one roof to support ATIME couples on the lonely journey to fertility.
ATIME is a wonderful organization which helps couples dealing with infertility by providing hope, logistical guidance and financial assistance.
I’ve committed to study 10 blatt in Mesechtas Bava Kama and raise $7,200 for this special cause. Please consider sponsoring a Daf and be part of this great zchus.
Please contribute by clicking on the donate button now.
We personally thank you for your involvement and forward the unspoken thanks of the many couples yearning for a child of their own.
David & Chani Melamed