Our obligation to treat infertility
IVF1 was established based on the strong religious convictions of its founder. Its ongoing mission is to fulfill our religious obligations by using our knowledge and expertise to help others overcome their infertility. Our center is, literally, a temple where we carry out our religious beliefs every day. It has been consecrated as such on the day we opened and is thus considered a holy place.
When the universe was created by God, it was, like God, perfect. But the world has become broken. In the medical field, we see this everyday. Diseases like cancer and infertility are manifestations of a broken world. It is our duty as moral, ethical humans to repair the world. This is the Jewish concept known as “tikkun olam”. I would say it is the very essence of Judaism.
It is considered a “mitzvah” or good deed to perform acts that help other people. It would be considered a sin or “het” to possess knowledge and skills that are capable of helping others and to withhold them and thus cause suffering in others.
Respect for other faiths and beliefs
We hold our religious beliefs closely and dearly. We feel extremely fortunate that we can work every day in a profession that is intellectually challenging, brings us happiness and allows us to fulfill our religious obligations to others. We provide our knowledge and skills to those who desire them. We are not here to force our religious beliefs on others. Likewise, we would not want others to force their religious beliefs on us. We will, therefore, educate patients about their options for treatment, we will counsel and give advice about what we feel are the best solutions but it is up to the patients to decide based on their own beliefs, which treatments they are comfortable having done. For example, we have treated patient who:
- Did not want to have intrauterine insemination
- Did not want to do IVF (in vitro fertilization)
- Were comfortable with IVF but wanted to limit the number of eggs that were injected with sperm
- Were comfortable with IVF but did not want to identify abnormal embryos using PGD
- The list goes on…
NFC: Our place of worship and prayer
It has been said that there are no more earnest prayers than those which come from the lips of our patients who are suffering from the disease of infertility. But its not just the patients, as caregivers, we also pray for the success and recovery of our patients.
There were those who tried to prevent us from fulfilling our religious obligations who believed that they should force their religious beliefs on everyone around them. In the end, God prevailed and we built this temple to help us fulfill our religious mandate.
We changed the outside sign as a gesture of goodwill in our community but make no mistake – we consider our fertility center to be a temple where religious act are carried out regularly.
We are lucky that we live in the United States of America, where we can practice our religion free from the interference from others and free from interference from government.