Fertility and Kindness with Rabbi Idit Solomon – Show Notes for Episode 2
Rabbi Idit Solomon, Found & CEO of Hasidah, is a Rabbi Without Borders who started her own nonprofit to help Jewish families struggling with fertility to bring new life into their families and the world.
About Rabbi Solomon’s organization, Hasidah (from their website):
Because Jewish families are the core of Jewish life and children are the source of our future, addressing infertility, financially supporting treatment, and building awareness are important to our community.
- From the first biblical imperative to be fruitful and multiply, family is at the center of Judaism. Building a family is an essential part of being human and being Jewish.
- Experiencing infertility hits at the core of this Jewish ideal and is deeply painful.
- Knowing that there is a treatment for infertility that is not affordable makes this difficult situation worse.
- Jews have a low Jewish birthrate. We cannot afford to ignore the needs of those who want to have children. Building Jewish families is existentially important for our future.
- Hasidah believes having Jewish children is a birthright and the community has a responsibility to help make that happen. Raising a Jewish family is already expensive. Conceiving a child should not be a financial hardship.
Soon after being married, Steven and Idit Solomon tried to start a family unsuccessfully. They experienced years of therapies, procedures, tests, enormous financial investment, losses and a label of undiagnosed infertility. Steven and Idit founded Hasidah in 2011 within a month of their daughters’ conception. It was a statement of faith that the pregnancy would be successful, a promise to help others who were in similar situations, and a gift of thanks. Even through more years of continued infertility struggles, they remain committed to expressing their gratitude for the blessing of their twin daughters and honoring the experience of others.
Hasidah is the Hebrew word for stork. The root of the word (Hsd) means loving-kindness. Storks have a long history of being associated with fertility, families and the arrival of babies. Hasidah was founded on the belief that one of the greatest gifts of loving-kindness is helping couples struggling with infertility to become parents.
- Hasidah, Rabbi Solomon’s organization
- The Sabbath, a wonderful and worthwhile book by Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (affiliate link)
- Right-click here to download this episode.
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