Breastfeeding & Weaning

When we nurse our babies, we have the satisfaction of providing nourishment from our own bodies. This can feed our souls as much as it feeds our babies’ hunger. Weaning means physical separation, a first step toward launching our children—with all the joy and sadness that entails.

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A Mikveh Ritual for Weaning

By Rabbi Haviva Ner-David
This time there was no escaping it. This was my last child, and this would be the end of our physical attachment.    more
Blog Post | October 22, 2018

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Anointing with Breast Milk

By Alexandra Volin Avelin
Excerpted from an original babynaming ceremony in which the baby is welcomed into the covenant by anointing her with breast milk   more
Ritual Component

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Encountering the Divine Presence

By Laura Geller
The author realizes that in a religion imbued with the idea of making ordinary moments sacred through blessing, there was no blessing for the moment of her first period. She explores how that moment would have been different had it been blessed.   more
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As we watch with despair the news from Israel/Palestine, we invite you to join us for an event that will offer some hope. Join us on Thursday May 20th for a talk with Rabbi Haviva Ner-David about her debut novel, Hope Valley, which offers hope for a real and lasting peace in the region, through human connection. Author Amy Gottlieb will interview Haviva about the book. It promises to be an eye-opening and uplifting discussion. Register here.

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