Here, you can find our Weekly Wisdom series, which gleans lessons about overcoming the struggles of fertility journeys from the weekly Torah portion. Each Weekly Wisdom is posted on our instagram page (@WeAreUprooted).
Parshat Beshalach (February 6, 2020)
The Israelites finally thought they were free. They ran from Egypt, unrisen bread in hand, thinking after all these years they were going to live the life they had always dreamed of.
And, then, just when things were starting to look up : וְהִנֵּ֥ה מִצְרַ֣יִם נֹסֵ֣עַ אַחֲרֵיהֶ֗ם, and behold the Egyptians were advancing on them. (Exodus 14:10) They had the Egyptians behind them and the sea in front of them and they felt completely stuck, trapped, hopeless, overcome by despair.
While we may know how the story ends and that God swoops in and splits the sea, this moment before that dramatic climax is all too familiar to those of us on a fertility journey. How many of us have felt like things were finally going in the right direction, only to turn around and get hit with a wave of bad news? How many of us have felt the only options left for us were not choices we could ever have envisioned or possibly ones we never thought we could survive.
For all those of you currently residing in that space between the Egyptians and the sea, we hear you, you are in our thoughts and you are not alone.
May you have a week where so possibility opens up and you are no longer trapped in the in between.
Parshat Bo (January 30, 2020)
This week’s Torah portion, Parshat Bo, features the plague of darkness.
“Moses held out his arm toward the sky and thick darkness descended upon all the land of Egypt for three days.” (Exodus 10:22) ‘
Rashi (a famous Medieval commentator) explains that the darkness was so think that people could not see one another for three days.
Even without being in Egypt during the plague of darkness, we can feel this way while on a fertility journey–steeped in darkness and as if nobody can really see us.
Loneliness can feel like a heavy blanket of darkness. Going through this journey alone is hard.
Let us give each other light and break the isolation so that we can really see one another.
Has there been anyone who has helped you brought you light and been able to see you during your fertility journey? What did they do that illuminated that think darkness?