• Did The Rebbe Change His Mind Regarding Fertility Treatments?

    The Rebbe’s adamant opposition to certain fertility treatments, namely IVF, is well-documented both in written answers and in “Sunday Dollars” encounters on video ● In an interview with Rabbi Menachem Burshtein, head of Machon Puah in Israel, he relates of a meeting he had with the Rebbe in 5752 (1991), with the Rebbe “changing his mind” on the matter ● Read More

    The Rebbe’s adamant opposition to certain fertility treatments, namely IVF, is well-documented both in written answers and in “Sunday Dollars” encounters on video.

    Rabbi Menachem Burshtein, head of Machon Puah in Israel, gave an extensive interview to the ‘Derech Ha’melech’ magazine, a project of Aguch of Israel, in which he says the following story (translated from Hebrew):

    Question: There is a rumor, that the Rebbe permitted fertility treatments when done under ‘Machon Puah,’ being that the Machon is under the leadership and supervision of Israel’s former Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu OBM, is there any truth to this rumor?

    Answer: Yes indeed. It was known in Chabad that the Rebbe was against fertility treatments, but when I visited the Rebbe a short while before Chanukah 5752, and reported that the treatments performed by Machon Puah are supervised by Rabbi Eliyahu, the Rebbe supposedly ‘changed his mind.’

    The reason I used the word ‘supposedly’ is because it’s clear the Rebbe didn’t change his mind. The Rebbe’s view was, that these treatments were prohibited due to various Halachic problems which are part of the treatment, but when the Rebbe was told that the treatments are being done under the supervision of Rabbi Eliyahu, a man the Rebbe trusted, the Rebbe agreed. Disclaimer: The above does not serve as a Halachic endorsement of any treatment. All questions must be submitted to a competent Halachic authority.






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