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"And Hannah Wept; Infertility, Adoption, and the Jewish Couple"


The classical resource for Jewish couples struggling with issues of infertility and adoption. The book includes chapters on the emotions of infertility, the new reproductive techniques, pregnancy loss, and adoption. by Rabbi Michael Gold


This is a generous, spirited, moving, and thoroughly informed book on a most sensitive subject. Rabbi Gold takes out of the communal closet an issue that should have been dealt with long ago so that every infertile couple need not reinvent the wheel. He asks and answers every conceivable question – and then some – moving from the trauma of infertility to the affirmation of life.

– Blue Greenberg, Author of On Women and Judaism

And Hannah Wept is a clear, thorough, and often moving explication of one of the dilemmas of modern Jewish family life. Individual readers, lay and professional, study groups, and formal classes will benefit from the wealth of information and insight gathered in this volume.

– Rela Geffen Monson, Professor of Sociology, Gratz College, Author of Jewish Women on the Way Up

And Hannah Wept is an incredibly sensitive, and very compelling book describing the Jewish response to infertility. With infertility at record levels, this is a book that resonates for many.

– Fern Reiss, Author of The Infertility Diet: Get Pregnant and Prevent Miscarriage


1 Introduction

2 The Jewish View of Infertility

3 Dealing with Infertility

4 Medical Solutions to Infertility

5 Unconventional Treatments

6 Pregnancy Loss

7 Adoption as a Jewish Option

8 Finding Children for Jewish Couples

9 An Agenda for the Jewish Community

Afterword A Letter to My Child’s Birth Mother


Appendix 1

Appendix 2



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