It is a blessing to create and carry life in our bodies. These prayers and rituals help us live this experience to its fullest, focusing our attention on its sacredness.

There is a Light

by Rabbi Roni Handler
I notice how the increased light in my window is mirrored in my body, in my own “inner chambers,” and I feel great anticipation for this new phase of life.   more
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Life in the Womb

Based on the Zohar
A fanciful account, based on the Zohar, a mystical text, describing a baby's life in the womb, during which time, a candle burns over the baby's head enabling her to see from one end of the universe to the other and the angels teach her all of Torah.   more

Tags: conception

Blessing for a Mother-to-Be

By Rabbi Shohama Wiener
A prayer to be said by a group of friends or family for a woman close to giving birth using the symbolic red thread from Rachel's Tomb. A Ceremony for a Baby Shower.   more
Complete Ceremony

Tags: red thread

Celebrating Pregnancy

By Michelle Klein
Describes the customs of Sephardic Jews who celebrated a woman's first pregnancy by cutting the swaddling clothes at a festive gathering of women   more
Ritual Component

Tags: Sephardi


By Rabbi Jane Litman
It is customary for pregnant women and women seeking to become pregnant to offer prayers to Rachel, Judaism's mater dolorosa. Specifically, women visit Rachel's tomb in Bethlehem, wrap a red cord around the tomb, then cut it into smaller pieces which they tie around their own wrists. This ritual for a pregnant woman is based on this custom.   more
Complete Ceremony

Tags: red thread


By Tikva Frymer-Kensky, z"l
A poem that likens the womb's circles to other circles within Judaism   more