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.


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]