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What is a Segulah to have children?

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"The"? My impression is that pretty much every activity and its brother is considered by someone to be a segula to have children. –  Isaac Moses Jul 14 '10 at 6:05
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I have an answer but its probably not appropriate for this forum... :) In all seriousness Segulahs are mostly superstitions manifesting as Judaism and its better to speak to fertility experts if confronted with these problems –  Yaakov Kuperman Apr 22 '12 at 15:34

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Rav Kaduri ZTz"L used to tell people to recite Tehillim 102 and 103 everyday just before Shkia and then say this little prayer: ירמיאו''א שיהא חשוב ומקובל ומרוצה פרקי תהלים שקראתי לפנך, ובזכות אותיותיהם ונקודותיהם וטעמיהם והשמות היוצאים מהם מראשי תבות, ומסופי תבות וחלופי תבות ובזכות אבותינו הקדושים אברהם יצחק ויעקב משה ואהרן יוסף הצדיק ודוד המלך עלהם השלום שתפתח מזלי ותתנני לחן וחסד בעיניך ובעיני כל רואי ואפקד השנה בזרע בר קימא בנים ובנות לעבודותו יתברך

There is also the 10 posukim of the Ramban.

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2 I believe the Derech of our Torah is that their are no magical actions that we do to yield some result. If we use the Torah as our guide, we see that Tephilah is the method our Avot and Imaot used to raise their level and relationship to Hashem so that they may merit providential assistance to having a child. The Torah did not tell us that Yaakov carried the baby at someones Brit, rather he prayed directly to Hashem. –  RCW Aug 9 '10 at 0:43
    
Re "ואפקד השנה בזרע בר קימא בנים ובנות": quadruplets? Well, perhaps "השנה" includes two pregnancies. –  msh210 Nov 9 '11 at 18:17
    
@rcw, perhaps your comment would fit better on the question than on this answer. Especially since the advice cited in this answer is about a specific set of biblical prayers to say. –  Seth J Jun 15 '12 at 2:00

There is of course davening and Brochos from Tzadikim, but the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch(סי' ע"ה סעי' ב'‏‎) brings that saying the Haftorah of the first day of Rosh hashanah (Shmuel Aleph 1:2-10) after lighting Shabbos candles is a segulah to have Children.

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see the Sefer Roni Akarah by Rav Yaakov Hillel where he brings various segulas

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If there are few enough to list them here in summary, that would increase the utility of your answer. –  msh210 Nov 9 '11 at 18:13

Shiluach HaKan! The Midrash expounds the verse "v'es habanim tikach lach" (and take the children for yourself) in the passage that describes this mitzvah, as alluding to the person meriting to have his own offspring. For more details, see here in Sefer Shaleiach Tishalach and the next three pages.

[Note: In case anyone thinks of suggesting the "segulah" of being a kvatter at a bris, I challenge them to find a source for this. By all indications it is a very recent idea that has no basis.]

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I believe the Derech of our Torah is that their are no magical actions that we do to yield some result. If we use the Torah as our guide, we see that Tephilah is the method our Avot and Imaot used to raise their level and relationship to Hashem so that they may merit providential assistance to having a child. The Torah did not tell us that Yaakov carried the baby at someones Brit, rather he prayed directly to Hashem.

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RW, Welcome to mi.yodeya, and thanks very much for your perspective on this question! I look forward to seeing you around. –  Isaac Moses Jul 15 '10 at 11:56
    
Thank you Isaac, what a wonderful opportunity for people to ask questions and seek clarity on issues. –  RCW Jul 15 '10 at 15:47
    
YS, Doesn't the Kitzur have lots of advice on stuff like the medical procedures of his day? I would expect that a segula that you are confident about and a medical procedure that you are confident about would be similar types of practical advice. –  Isaac Moses Jul 15 '10 at 17:14

Davening for someone else who is childless. We derive this from the juxtaposition of Avraham's prayer for Avimelech, and Sarah giving birth to Yitzchak (Gen. 20:17-21:1 and Rashi there, from Bava Kamma 92a).

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