Rabbi Dr. Pinchas Klein, SHIFRA Dad Coach & Couples Counselor

Happy Father’s Day! This year, let’s take a moment to celebrate the unique strength fathers bring to families, especially those facing an unexpected pregnancy.

Our Torah teaches us a beautiful truth: every person is a universe, a reflection of the divine with their own unique personality. Unlike coins, which are all stamped with the same image, we are created by G-d, carrying His image, with each of us having a different face (Sanhedrin 37a). The Talmud emphasizes this, stating, “just as no two faces are alike, so there are no two personalities that are alike. (Berachot 58a)” We each have our quirks and strengths.

Strength in Unity, Not Uniformity

This beautiful diversity extends to families. Couples come together with different backgrounds, personalities, and preferences. It’s these differences, sometimes magnified by an unexpected pregnancy, that can create challenges. Yet, within these challenges lies an incredible opportunity.

As a counselor at SHIFRA, I witness the joy of couples discovering how their differences become sources of strength. Imagine the first human’s declaration upon seeing his partner: “…Finally, this is it. Bone of my bone and flesh of flesh.. (Breishit 2:23)” This powerful image speaks to the profound unity that can be built, not from uniformity, but from embracing and celebrating each other’s unique gifts.

Transforming Challenges into Opportunities

At SHIFRA, I work as a coach for dads and couples facing unexpected pregnancies. We navigate the emotional rollercoaster, explore options, and develop a plan for a hopeful future. We address financial concerns and find ways for partners to support one another and their families.

The goal is to transform this crisis into a springboard for personal growth, stronger relationships, and a deeper sense of self-worth.

Celebrating Unexpected Fathers

So, on this Father’s Day, let’s celebrate the unexpected fathers – the ones who rise to the challenge, who embrace their partner’s strengths, and who find the courage to build a beautiful future, one step at a time.

If you are a couple facing an unexpected pregnancy, Shifra is here for you moms and dads. We understand the journey, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Wishing you and your family a happy and meaningful Father’s Day!

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