Questions tagged [pregnancy-birth]

laws and customs pertaining to pregnancy, labor, and childbirth

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
1
vote
1answer
44 views

Symbolism of Childbirth impurity differences male and female children in Leviticus 12?

I am a gentile asking for Jewish insight regarding the differences in ritual impurity time that comes from child birth (the time is doubled for baby girls). As a Christian, I got ideas from my ...
0
votes
1answer
61 views

Woman praying for others during labor- any source?

I've heard multiple times that when a woman is in labor it is a special time to pray for other people. Is there any source for that?
0
votes
1answer
91 views

Giving birth twice in a month

I came across an article about a woman with two wombs giving birth twice, nearly a month apart. How should such a woman deal with all the regular rules after giving birth.
4
votes
2answers
408 views

What stone prevents miscarriage?

The Shulchan Aruch OC (303:24) writes: יוצאה באבן תקומה [פי' הערוך אבן ידועה שכשהיא על אשה לא תפיל] - women are allowed to walk outside on shabbos with an even tekuma used to prevent ...
0
votes
1answer
70 views

Why Leah is so stressed? [duplicate]

On Gen 30:9 וַתֵּ֣רֶא לֵאָ֔ה כִּ֥י עָמְדָ֖ה מִלֶּ֑דֶת וַתִּקַּח֙ אֶת־זִלְפָּ֣ה שִׁפְחָתָ֔הּ וַתִּתֵּ֥ן אֹתָ֛הּ לְיַעֲקֹ֖ב לְאִשָּֽׁה׃ When Leah saw that she had stopped bearing, she took her ...
0
votes
0answers
27 views

Necessity of mentioning pregnancy in the Torah

For example (Gen 30.19): וַתַּהַר עוֹד לֵאָה וַתֵּלֶד בֵּן־שִׁשִּׁי לְּיַעֲקֹב׃ When Leah got pregnant again and bore Jacob a sixth son, I don't know of a way of giving birth without getting ...
2
votes
0answers
39 views

Discrepancy between description of how Bilhah and Zilpah had children

I noticed three inconsistencies between how the Torah describes the conception and delivery of the children of Bilhah and Zilpha, only 5 verses apart. The conception/birth of Bilhah's son Dan is ...
3
votes
0answers
44 views

How is the date of Yitzchak's birth related to the dispute between R' Eliezer and R' Yehoshua?

There's a famous dispute between R' Eliezer and R' Yehoshua when the world was created: Tishrei or Nissan. Their dispute is recorded in Rosh Hashanah 10b - 11a: תניא רבי אליעזר אומר בתשרי נברא ...
0
votes
0answers
30 views

Is there any rule against finding out the gender of a fetus? [duplicate]

From my unscientific survey of what I've seen, it seems like most Orthodox Jews avoid finding out the gender of their child while it is still in utero (even if they otherwise take ultrasounds, blood ...
0
votes
2answers
97 views

Which parent names the first child?

Which parent names the first child according to current custom?
4
votes
1answer
799 views

May a pregnant woman eat non kosher food to satiate her craving?

An acquaintance of mine claimed that in the occasion of a craving of a particular non kosher food item, a pregnant woman would be permitted to consume it. Absent the food item, the woman and/or fetus ...
6
votes
0answers
69 views

How did Noah react to being childless?

Rashi to Genesis 5:32 reads: אמר רבי יודן מה טעם כל הדורות הולידו למאה שנה וזה לחמש מאות אמר הקב״ה אם רשעים הם יאבדו במים ורע לצדיק זה ואם צדיקים הם אטריח עליו לעשות תיבות הרבה כבש את מעיינו ולא ...
0
votes
0answers
73 views

Grandfather opening the ark

What is the origin of a grandfather opening the ark if his daughter is pregnant? I am familiar with the custom for the husband to receive this honor in Shul.
1
vote
1answer
62 views

and daughters were born to them (bereishis 6:1)

There is a strange way of saying that the human population increase on parsha Bereishis (6:1). The pasuk says: וַֽיְהִי֙ כִּֽי־הֵחֵ֣ל הָֽאָדָ֔ם לָרֹ֖ב עַל־פְּנֵ֣י הָֽאֲדָמָ֑ה וּבָנ֖וֹת יֻלְּד֥וּ ...
2
votes
2answers
88 views

A Baby Too Large?

Apparently there is a gemara which says if a fetus is too large for the mother, then the mother is put in danger. (Heard in a recorded shiur) Where is this gemara? [As a bonus point, why would Hashem ...
8
votes
2answers
308 views

Old fashioned telephone vs. Uber App on Shabbos

From Rabbi Moshe Heinemann: Riding to the Hospital A woman need not spend Shabbos/Yom Tov at a location close to the hospital or arrive at the hospital before labor starts to avoid riding on ...
6
votes
0answers
122 views

Source for parable about two twins in the womb

I once heard/read a parable about two babies in their mother's womb. It goes something like this. Two twins in the womb are speaking of the world to come, one believes it exists, the other not. ...
0
votes
0answers
60 views

Customs/Habits around having a second child?

Besides the brit milah ceremony, pidyon haben/habat (redemption of the firstborn) or kidush peter rechem (sanctification of the womb's opening) or seder kidushat chaye hamishpacha, (ceremony of ...
-2
votes
1answer
128 views

Why human procreation is not voluntary?

Physiologically, the process of procreation is all "out of our control", whether on the side of men or women. For example, women don't have a choice of deciding whether to get pregnant or not (think ...
2
votes
2answers
101 views

Prayer regarding the dangerous premature birth of gentile friend’s baby

My dear gentile friend gave birth very, very prematurely (at @ 5 months) to her due date. The female baby survived but is still dependent on a breathing tube and is still very weak and underweight. ...
1
vote
0answers
305 views

Can a pregnant woman go to aquariums?

Some have the custom that pregnant women do not go to zoos. (See here) Does this custom extend to aquariums too?
5
votes
0answers
93 views

A widow using her deceased husbands semen to conceive?

If a husband has some of his semen frozen/saved and then dies, what halachic and hashkafic issues have to be addressed when deciding if his widow is allowed to/can/should use that semen to become ...
6
votes
1answer
145 views

Earliest source for question on timing of birth control?

I am aware of discussions in the Gemara and Rishonim of the permissibility of various methods of birth control. What I am looking for is the earliest mention of the modern day practice in which a ...
0
votes
0answers
50 views

Source for R' Soloveitchik's teaching about why we don't stand for a baby in utero?

There's a famous teaching from Niddah 30b that a baby is taught the entire Torah in utero. Someone once referenced this gemara and asked The Rav, if that's the case why don't we stand for a pregnant ...
10
votes
2answers
4k views

Can a rabbi conduct a marriage if the bride is already pregnant from the groom?

Are there any prohibitions against or stipulations for conducting a marriage between a woman and the man who recently impregnated her, assuming they are otherwise fit for marriage.
1
vote
1answer
120 views

A pregnant woman of a boy kohen baby going into cemetery

The gemara in chullin 71 writes that a tahor baluah cannot become tamei. Meaning something inside someone cannot become tamei from the outside. So it seems from this gemara that a woman who married a ...
6
votes
1answer
174 views

Are Noahide women permitted to undergo a tubal ligation?

Shalom! I am a non Jewish G-d fearing woman with two children and even though I am still quite young (24) I don't want to have any more children. I have severe depression and anxiety so the two I ...
3
votes
1answer
773 views

Can a Jewish man be a sperm donor?

What are the Halachik issues with donating sperm in a non-Jewish community?
3
votes
1answer
84 views

Shalom Zachar on Pesach Night

Rav Heinemann mentioned during a shiur that there is no shalom zachar on Pesach if shabbos is the night of the seder. Although practically having one would be very difficult, why is this night ...
2
votes
1answer
799 views

Can a pregnant woman enter a cemetery?

I heard that a pregnant woman should not enter a cemetery. I understand this is a minhag and not halacha but would be interested to understand more about this topic. What is the source of that minhag?...
3
votes
1answer
110 views

Personality traits of being born on certain weekdays

A few years ago I was reading that there are some teachings on the weekdays and their "personality" and also how it influences the person born on one of them. Could anyone help me to find more ...
5
votes
3answers
725 views

Does a pregnant or nursing woman fast on a postponed Tish'ah B'Av?

According to this answer pregnant and nursing women generally fast only on Tish'ah B'Av and Yom Kippur, but not the other "minor" fasts. (This is certainly the case where fasting would cause them pain....
3
votes
2answers
75 views

At what point in the birth process is the woman's death called a death at childbirth, in regard to not burying her with tachricim (shrouds)?

Shulchan Aruch and R'Ma (YD 364:4): אִם מָצְאוּ יִשְׂרָאֵל הָרוּג, יִקְבְּרוּהוּ כְּמוֹ שֶׁמְּצָאוּהוּ, בְּלֹא תַּכְרִיכִין, וְלֹא יַחְלְצוּ בּוֹ אֲפִלּוּ מִנְעָלָיו. הַגָּה: וְכֵן עוֹשִׂין ...
0
votes
2answers
115 views

Does the Neshama (soul) choose the body?

I think i might have read in various places i just can't find where that the neshama chooses the body based on the life missions that it needs to accomplish so it chooses the most suitable conditions ...
8
votes
0answers
135 views

Aruch Hashulchan's comments about the form of a fetus

In his discussion of the sin of wasting seed, R. Yechiel Michel Epstein writes that scientists using microscopes have found that the drop of semen contains the entire image/form of a person, thus ...
1
vote
4answers
745 views

Was Dan born out of wedlock?

I've heard that Dan was born out of wedlock. Is this true? Could someone provide me with a source for this information?
2
votes
1answer
124 views

A Hebrew prayer upon discovering the news of having a baby?

I've found this book called: The Jewish Pregnancy book; 'A Resource for the Soul, Body & Mind during Pregnancy, Birth & the First Three Months', written by Sandy Falk, M.D., and Rabbi Daniel ...
5
votes
3answers
255 views

Are there any living mainstream orthodox Rabbonim today that permit abortion for Tay Sachs etc

Are there any orthodox rabbis alive today that allow one to abort a fetus that has been diagnosed with a life threatening illness such as Tay Sachs? I have read the related posts that discuss the For ...
1
vote
0answers
115 views

Are pregnant women forbidden from eating harmful vegetables?

There are many things that we can’t do because of danger - the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch even has an entire Siman on the topic. Sifrei Bamidbar 87 states that certain vegetables are harmful to pregnant ...
1
vote
0answers
30 views

Why do we cry at shivah houses?

The Midrash in Koheles Rabbah (7:4 in the Warsaw numbering) writes (translation follows Artscroll, chapter 7, page 31): נולד אדם הכל שמחין מת הכל בוכין. ואינו כן אלא נולד אדם ואין שמחין לו שאין ...
6
votes
2answers
213 views

Does a non-Jew learn in the womb the same way a Jew does?

At every stage of a person’s existence, Torah is part of it. “When you are sitting at home” (meaning in the womb) “when you are going on the road,” (meaning the soul descends from the world above to ...
6
votes
1answer
1k views

When is a convert's Hebrew birthday?

Is it their conversion date, the Hebrew date on which they were biologically born, or something else? (For questions of halachic age as well as mystical significance)
1
vote
1answer
112 views

Conception/Delivery Same Time

What is the source that states when Moshiach is here - women will deliver babies the moment they conceive. I heard this in a shiur from HaRav Yitzchak Ginsburg in Israel.
2
votes
0answers
24 views

Finding out the gender of the baby your expecting [duplicate]

I know that in some Jewish circles there is a big taboo regarding finding out the gender of the baby your expecting? What is the reason for this taboo, and does it have any Halachic basis?
2
votes
1answer
94 views

Explaining the parameters of the mitzvah of “Be fruitful and Multiply”

While learning מנחת חינוך last week, I discovered a ruling that if a Gentile had children and he converted afterwards and the children also converted, he does not need to have additional children to ...
3
votes
0answers
64 views

Were Benei Noach chayiv in Priah u'Reviah and Bris Milah before Sinai?

The Gemara in Sanhedrin 59a says that any mitzvah given to Benei Noach and repeated at Har Sinai, generally speaking, was given to both groups. Thus, both groups are given the issur of Avodah Zarah, ...
-3
votes
1answer
157 views

Tehilim 51, “in sin did his mother conceive him”, What does that mean?

In Tehilim chapter 51 verse 7 King David writes that in sin did his mother conceive him. What does that mean? I've read a few opinions about this. Does anybody have anything else?
7
votes
0answers
152 views

When during IVF are the parents' thoughts determining the level of the soul of their baby

I have read that the thoughts of a couple during marital relations does determine and effect the level of the soul they draw down for their baby. What about a couple using IVF to conceive? When ...
3
votes
1answer
207 views

When does the soul enter the fetus?

When during the pregnancy does the soul enter into the embryo or fetus? At conception? At how many weeks or months after conception or before birth? Thank you
1
vote
0answers
60 views

The importance of a name with meaning

What is the importance of a name? I read this on the Aish website:link The naming of a Jewish child is a most profound spiritual moment. The Sages say that naming a baby is a statement of her ...