Category Archives: Be Fruitful and Multiply

A Blessing from Brokenness

Naomi Less
October 31, 2014

February 18, 2014 was the day I came out. That’s what my friends told me, at least. I associate “coming out” with news from friends who came out as gay or lesbian, who wanted to stop repressing or hiding parts of themselves. My “coming out” was different. I posted something personal on the Sh’ma blog, “S Blog,” which touched a More »


10 Lessons I Learned Through The Uncertain Trial of Fertility & Childbirth

Rabbi Joshua Bolton
October 29, 2014

1. There is a large, though relatively closed community named “Those Who Lived Through The Uncertain Trial of Fertility and Childbirth.” 2. While “our society” spends immense energy on warning teens about all the emotional / physical / social trials associated with becoming pregnant, it provides absolutely no preparation for 30 year olds as they More »


Birth and Destiny

Richard Lederman
October 22, 2014

One might find it odd that the rate of infertility in the Bible seems out of proportion. To start, there are the three matriarchs right in a row: Sarah, Rebecca and the beloved Rachel. Rival sister Leah is fertile but unloved. Then there’s the beloved wife of Elkanah, Hannah of Rosh Hashanah fame, mother of More »


“Everyone, please shut up”

Rabbi Joshua Kullock
October 6, 2014

I’ll say it up front: Writing about infertility is something that is difficult for me. I know dear friends and congregants who have struggled with this issue, some of them exploring the path of adoption, some of them going for many rounds of IVF or for the intricacies of surrogacy, and some of them deciding More »


Encountering God in the “In-Between”

Richard Lederman
September 11, 2014

How fitting it was for the Sh’ma editors to open this month’s edition with Shoshana Olidort’s piece, “On First Encountering Doubt.” Doubt seems to be one of several leitmotifs that weave through these articles. While it may seem odd, what first comes to my mind is Pope Francis. About a year ago, a papal interview was published More »