By COLlive reporter
Little else shapes the lives of Torah observant families than the continuity of having children. As is well known, the Rebbe put this subject front and center of the Jewish – and general – agenda, devoting much time and attention to it at Farbregnens, N’shei Chabad gatherings, etc.
This year, 5780 marks 40 years from when the Rebbe officially launched a campaign for the encouragement of having many children at the N’shei Chabad convention calling it “a new era in the activities of N’shei U’bnos Chabad” (16 Sivan 5740).
Now, for the first time, a comprehensive and researched book on the subject has been published.
The author, Rabbi Mendel Dubov, is a Shliach in Sussex County, NJ, and is known to many from his classes and writings on Chabad.org. The book bears approbations and blessings from some of the leading Rabbanim and Poskim in the US including Rabbi Avraham Osdoba, Rabbi Hershel Schachter, and Rabbi Gavriel Zinner.
“The importance of clarity and articulation in this matter cannot be overstated,” says Rabbi Dubov, “having many children defines and changes absolutely everything for a family. We have to get this one right. This would be true in any event, but all the more so when society around us has gone in the completely opposite direction.”
The first part of the book is devoted to explaining the concept. Why indeed is having another child so important? The answer reaches into some of the fundamental teaching of Torah as illuminated by Chasidus and particularly the Rebbe’s Maamarim and Sichos.
Following this, the book elaborates on the many joys and benefits in having a larger family. The third part addresses practicalities: the approach to financial concerns, tuition costs, physical and emotional strain, the children in a large family, parental efficiency, etc.
Finally, the last two chapters deal with the question of ‘birth spacing’, and the possible times of when childbearing may indeed need to be put on hold. An appendix to the book addresses the question of ‘family planning’ for the non-Jew – a subject the Rebbe included in his Sichos and gave much attention to.
The book is published by Mosaica Press and distributed by Feldheim. It is available in Jewish bookstores worldwide as well as on Amazon.com. It is also available as an ebook (Kindle) and soon in Audiobook format.