We need to restore our allegiance to the future. It is not enough to have been created; we too must create. It is not enough to live for the present; we must live for the future as well. As my dear mentor Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz often says: “Having children is the loudest statement of hope for the future.”

Nothing in the world engenders more happiness than children of our own (“Children and Life Satisfaction,” Journal Of Happiness Studies, October 2009). Nothing melts the heart more than the innocent smiles of our children. And nothing will ensure our continuity in this world as much as our inner faith and courage to give birth to future generations.

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Rabbi Pinchas Allouche is head rabbi at Congregation Beth Tefillah in Scottsdale, Arizona. A sought-after lecturer and essayist, he was born in France received rabbinic ordination in Milan, Italy. He can be reached at Rabbi@BethTefillahAZ.org