Pregnancy

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.
Photo by Rabbi Roni Handler

Life in the Womb

Based on the Zohar | Reading
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]

Found In: Pregnancy

Tags: conception

Blessing for a Mother-to-Be

By Rabbi Shohama Wiener | Complete Ceremony
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]

Found In: Pregnancy

Tags: red thread

M'ugelet

By Rabbi Jane Litman | Complete Ceremony
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]

Found In: Pregnancy

Tags: red thread

Temenos

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

Found In: Pregnancy