Starting a Family

In contemporary homes, starting a family is often a deliberate choice. The decision to bring children into your life—whether through conception, insemination, or adoption—is a joyous moment. For some this process may be very quick. For others the process can be financially or emotionally taxing. We do well to pause, taking note of how enormous an occasion this is.

Preparing for a Child

By Rabbi Jacob Staub, Ph.D.
The truth is that I didn’t lose control when I became a parent. I never had control. What I had was the illusion of control, the false conviction that my blessings were earned.   more
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Prayer for an Adopted Child

By Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
A prayer for the gift of an adopted child in which the baby is welcomed, the parents pledge to create a good and Jewish life for the child and ask God's blessings for the baby's health and well-being   more

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Prayers for Artificial Insemination

By Rabbi Diane Cohen
Biblical verses used to form three prayers "to be said before a procedure", "Verses to be said upon insemination" and "Verses to be recited upon arising from a procedure."   more

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By Rachel Boimwall
A contemporary poem on the desire to conceive   more

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