English Translation

16 February, 2000

To the Honored Rabbis of Israel, Shlita, in every location,

Greetings and Blessings,

We are turning to you, Honored Rabbis, concerning the Puah Institute which is directed by Rabbi Menachem Burstein.

The Puah Institute - Fertility and Medicine According to Halacha, as its name implies, was founded to help couples undergo fertility treatments according to halacha. With the development of the medical sciences, many new options were made available to couples to help them realize their desire to bring children into the world.

The medical treatments often involve difficult halachic questions which can only be answered by an experienced specialist in the field.

Within the framework of the Institute, supervisors are active in Hospitals. The task of the supervisors is to supervise the sperm so that it does not become mixed with that of others, which would cause irreversible damage.

The activities of the Institute represent an important contribution toward safeguarding the holiness of the Jewish people.

We are turning to all Rabbis of Israel, in every location, to refer all those inquiring about this issue to the above mentioned Puah Institute and to inform the public about the importance of halachic supervision during fertility treatments.

We the undersigned pray that we have the merit to safeguard the holiness and sanctity of the Jewish People.

Yisrael Meir Lau
Chief Rabbi of Israel
Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron
Rishon LeZion, Chief Rabbi of Israel