We all know someone struggling with infertility and we all want to do something about it.
I am excited to be participating in the ATIME Shasathon for the fourth year in a row. But this year is unlike any other year.
We’re in the midst of a pandemic. Among the countless impacts it has had on all of our lives, couples yearning to have children have faced unique challenges. They have had to delay treatments, losing precious time – and have had to continue to sit in solitude and isolation without children in their homes. These couples need our support and ATIME’s help now more than ever.
Infertility is a struggle many couples suffer through in silence, and the weight of the challenge can be back-breaking. A TIME is an incredible organization that supports couples every step of the way, by providing halachic guidance, medical advice, and emotional and logistical support throughout their journey.
At this year's Shasathon, hundreds of Lomdim will be finishing the entire Shas in one day, on January 31, 2021. This year's Shasathon will bez”H be taking place in a Covid-19 safe environment at the huge ballrooms of the Convention Center. ATIME is being very cautious in organizing this event – and will support making the siyum remotely if deemed medically necessary. I have the privilege to join these Lomdim and am committed to review and study Temura 25-34. Such a siyum will certainly be a zechus for those waiting for children; please let me know if you'd like me to have anyone specific in mind.
This Shasathon is also a milestone for me. This year I will also be making my own personal siyum on Temura, which I have learned over the past 3 Shasathons.
Last year, with your help, I raised over $18,000. This year, I've set myself a goal to help raise $20,000 for A TIME. Can I count on you to be my partner in this goal?
It is my hope and prayer that these siyumim bring a completion and end to the suffering of so many couples yearning to build their families. I personally thank you for your involvement in this endeavor. And far more valuable - I forward the unspoken thanks of those who are surrounded by too-clean walls and too-quiet rooms. The hopes and dreams your support will enable is more potent than one can fathom.
May our Torah, Tefilah and Tzeddaka be a zechus for everyone experiencing infertility.