Prayers to be said before a procedure
Out of the depths we call you, Adonai. Adonai, listen to our cry. (Ps. 13:1–2)
Adonai is our light and our help, Whom shall we fear? (Ps. 27:1)
As a deer longs for flowing streams We long for You, O God.
Our souls thirst for God, the living God. Day and night tears are our nourishment
How downcast our souls in despair. Still we hope in God;
We will yet praise God, Our ever present help, our God. (Ps. 42:2–4,12)
You will yet turn our lament into dancing, Our sackcloth to satin, our tears to joy. (Ps. 30:12)
We seek refuge in You, O God; May we never be disappointed.
Into Your hands we entrust our spirits. (Ps. 31:2, 6)
Verses to be said upon insemination
And God said: Let the waters swarm with all sorts of swarming things, that beat with the pulse of life. And God blessed them and said: Be fertile and grow and fill the waters with life. (Gen. 1:20, 22)
You shall be like a watered garden, like a spring whose waters do not fail. (Isa. 58:11)
Let justice flow like a mighty stream, and righteousness like a raging river. (Amos 5:24)
God is bringing you to a good land, a land with streams and springs and fountains issuing from the plain and hill. (Deut. 8:7) Amen. And so let it be for me.
Verses to be recited upon arising from a procedure
Arise, arise, stand up, Lit. City of peace From the time of David to the Roman destruction, Jerusalem was the capital of Israel and the spiritual and governmental center of the Jewish people. During the long exile, Jews longed to return to Jerusalem and wrote poems, prayers, and songs about the beloved city. In 1967, with the capture of the Old City, Jerusalem was reunited, becoming "the eternal capital of Israel." Still, the longing for peace is unfulfilled., for you have been nourished by the hand of the Lord
Awake, awake Zion, clothe yourself in your robes of strength
Put on the garments that tell of your glory. (Isa. 51:17; 52:1)
For it is I, truly I, who come to comfort you.
Printed in Tears of Sorrow, Seeds of Hope, by Nina Beth Cardin (Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 1999).
Artwork by Betsy Teutsch.