“Mommy” and “Daddy” are names that most have the privilege of being called at some point in their lives. Rabbi and Rebbetzin Podetzer of Beit Shemesh, however, have had no such privilege.
After 14 years of marriage and countless difficult treatments, they have yet to succeed in having a child of their own. They have taken on the raising of their nephew, a special needs 5-year-old boy who does not speak. They love and cherish the boy, but dream of having children of their own.
For years they have endured the trauma of the cycle of hope and crushing disappointment. For nearly 15 years they have attended brisos and kiddushes, wondering when they will have their chance. However they have refused to give up hope.
Rabbi Podetzer has started a fundraising campaign, in hopes of continuing treatments. With each passing year, they have less time to fill their family with children. However, miracles are not unheard of in the world of infertility.
The video on the campaign has one particular emotional moment:“One day I will able to embrace my child,” Rabbi Podetzer says, his voice breaking slightly.
The couple is watching the campaign’s progress closely. Sufficient donations could very well mean another precious life in this world.