This website says (and I’ve heard it countless times):

In his sefer Shulchan Melachim (page 35b), R. Moshe Tzvi Landau writes that it is customary to place the Sefer Noam Elimelech, beneath the head of a mother during labor. This segulah has been practiced for hundreds of years and there are countless stories of miracles involving the Rebbe R. Elimelech and the Sefer Noam Elimelech.

My question is: does anyone know why? Why is this Sefer specially connected to child birth? I am curious how this came to be.


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One of the segula mentioned

Placing holy objects, especially a holy book, on the bed of a woman in labor is also an ancient practice in the hopes for a smooth delivery. A variation of this custom was to put it under the woman’s pillow. Although no longer practiced, there were even communities where it was customary to provide a woman in labor with a Torah scroll to hold!

It seems that over the last 200 years, this sefer became the one primarily used for this custom.

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    Why particularly this sefer? I'm not sure this is a full answer to the OP until you answer that.
    – magicker72
    Nov 14, 2021 at 3:53
  • It gives some background as to why the segula started. Why this particular sefer took precedence is still unanswered, but the segula was around before the sefer was printed as well
    – Chatzkel
    Nov 14, 2021 at 4:23

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