And Hannah Wept: Infertility, Adoption, and the Jewish by Michael Gold

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The Talmud continues in the name of Rabbi Joshua, “Merab gave birth to them, and Michal raised them, therefore they are called by her name. ”23 This is the classical justification for adoption in Jewish law. 30 And Hannah Wept This Library PDF version is for the use on an institutional computer only. com << Chapter >> Home | TOC | Index In the biblical worldview, God is the key to every­ thing that happens in the world. To be childless was taken as a sign of divine displeasure. The Torah even mentions infertility as a punishment for certain sexual crimes (Lev.

39 According to the Midrash, when the women went to draw water, their buckets filled with small fish. They cooked these, ate them, and fed them to their husbands, causing great fertility. The population went from 70 to 600,000 in four genera­ tions, a feat that can be achieved only through exceptional fertility. Other medical cures for infertility are also offered in the Talmud. Ezra, the scribe and religious leader of the Jews during the beginning of the Second Commonwealth, made numerous enactments, among them, “A man should eat garlic on Friday because of ‘onah’ ” (the traditional re­ quirement of regular sexual relations, the ideal evening being Friday).

30 And Hannah Wept This Library PDF version is for the use on an institutional computer only. com << Chapter >> Home | TOC | Index In the biblical worldview, God is the key to every­ thing that happens in the world. To be childless was taken as a sign of divine displeasure. The Torah even mentions infertility as a punishment for certain sexual crimes (Lev. 20:20–21). If one is afflicted with any disease, one should search his or her behavior for wrongdoing. This is the classical religious view, and for many it still holds great sway today.

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