Category Archives: Changing Families

Tribute to the Moms

Yesterday was Mother’s Day in the US and Canada, and Rabbi Elchanan Poupko has written an important, if not to say sensitive, article in the  Jewish Press, A Tribute to Orthodox Single Moms. Well worth reading, and I dedicate this … Continue reading

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Surrogacy Old and New

“Bring me sons; if not, I shall die.” (Genesis 30:1). This is the pained call by Rachel to her husband Jacob which we read in synagogue yesterday during the Shabbat Torah reading. The immediate solution to Rachel’s infertility, is for her … Continue reading

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Motherless Child

In the olden days, a motherless child was generally a foundling, a child whose birth mother abandoned it for some or other reason. That’s not the case in a recent decision by Judge Geula Levin of the Beersheva Family Court. … Continue reading

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Stealth Pregnancy

Generally, when the court system uses the term “stealing sperm” it has to do with claims filed by men who had relations with women who told them that they could not become pregnant. When these women had children and then … Continue reading

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Labour Pains

The Tel Aviv District Labour Court (Judge Osnat Rubowitz-Barchash) recently gave a decision which dealt with a uniquely Israeli question: what happens when an unmarried teacher in an all-girls religious high-school becomes pregnant not the good old-fashioned way, but using … Continue reading

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Who Owns Surrogacy?

Always tracking the ongoing saga of rapid changes in family life and the very definition of family, I saw an article on the CNN website by Elizabeth Cohen about a conflict between a surrogate mother and the parents who had … Continue reading

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Seriously?

Don’t have time to comment on this, but can’t resist sharing this little article I just ran across. Perhaps one of the more apt examples of the old adage: No good deed goes unpunished. Kansas: Sperm Donor Is Ordered to … Continue reading

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