Starting a Family

In contemporary homes, starting a family is often a deliberate choice. The experience of pregnancy, the drama of giving birth, and the miracle of adoption are occasions for joy and wonder. These are also experiences that can be fraught with pain and struggle, reflecting the full spectrum of life and death. We offer prayers for those who are trying to conceive, prayers for pregnancy and childbirth, rituals for parents preparing to adopt, mourning ceremonies for miscarriages, blessings for those struggling with infertility, rituals to prepare for or acknowledge an abortion, and much more. 

 

Temenos

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

Round

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

Tags: conception

The Bath

By Lynn E. Levin
A contemporary poem that addresses "the stain" of blood which, when trying to get pregnant, "becomes a sign of failure, of sadness, of emptiness, of death"   more
Poem

Tags: conception

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