First Menstruation

Many Jewish women recall being slapped across the face by their mothers when they began to menstruate. Whatever the explanation of this ritual, it has surely outlived its usefulness, if ever it had any. The question which confronts us today is how, in a religion filled with blessings, do we find a blessing for this momentous but largely unrecognized occasion?


Crescent Tambourine

By Judith Chalmer and Fran Solin
A tambourine ritual for the onset of menses   more
Ritual Component

From Developing Girl to Changing Woman

By Diann L. Neu
A ritual for a girl's first period. Includes a circle of names, blessings, candle-lighting, and gift-giving. Ritual objects include a tambourine, red ribbons, a decorative egg, a ring, candles, and red fruits.   more
Complete Ceremony

Ritual of Welcoming Bodily Change

By Rabbi Goldie Milgram
A private ritual to honor a girl's entrance into womanhood. Includes rainwater bubble bath, blessings, and teachings on sexual health and well-being.   more
Complete Ceremony

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