Kol Hanearim Fertility Prayer
Join us in encouraging your congregation to recite the Fertility Prayer during the Simchat Torah services prior to or after Kol Hanearim. The prayer can also be recited individually any time over the holiday.
Together, we can promote awareness and sensitivity of infertility throughout the Jewish community.
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What is Kol Hanearim?
Kol Hanearim, one of the highlights of the Simchat Torah services, is a beautiful celebration of the younger generation in our community. All young children stand together under a Talit while the Torah portion is read out loud, followed by singing and dancing.
How may Kol Hanearim feel triggering for communal members who are struggling to grow their families?
While Kol Hanearim is a beautiful moment for many of us, it can also feel exceedingly exclusionary to those facing fertility struggles. For these individuals, they pray every year to be blessed to have a child of their own, and every year Kol Hanaerim is a stark reminder of what they still don’t have, yet yearn so deeply for.
How can we find the balance between celebration and compassion?
Kol Hanaerim is a wonderful celebration of all the young children in the community. It can also be a beautiful opportunity to create space for communal members facing infertility, by reciting the Fertility Prayer prior to or after the ritual of Kol Hanearim. It is a sensitive way to make this tradition more inclusive of those yearning for a child.