Historically, Judaism has offered little for women and men suffering with the pain of infertility. Thankfully, over the last 25 years, Jewish women and men have transformed the canon of Jewish ritual. Jewish women have both created new rituals grounded in traditional practices and language and unearthed prayers and rituals from our past written by and for women, responding to their lives and needs. Jewish men have also given voice to their own struggles with infertility through the creation of new rituals and blessings that acknowledge their shared pain.

Chayei Sarah

Shana Roskies
The author brings to life the Genesis tale of Sarah, Abraham, and Hagar by locating Sarah and Abraham's infertility as the central factor motivating the characters' behavior.   more

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Barren (Uri)

By Rahel Bluwstein
Contemporary Israeli prayer expressing desire for a child   more

A Longing for Children

By Julie Stockler
This essay on grieving the inability to bear children relates the author's dialogue with her deceased grandmother about whether she has the permission to mourn.   more

Prayer before an Examination

By Rabbi Michelle Goldsmith
This prayer aims to bring a spiritual presence to the potentially sterile and technological experience of a doctor's visit   more

Prayer for Those Having Difficulty Conceiving

By Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin
This prayer, based on the Song of Songs and Psalm 22, for those having difficulty conceiving is phrased in the plural and written in the voice of a married couple. It is easily adaptable for an infertile person to say on her or his own.   more