I'm pregnant for the first time and my husband and I were looking for a Jewish way to mark this event in our lives. A friend directed us to RitualWell.org where we read about a ritual we loved and have adopted. Many people know about the Ashkenazic custom of lighting a Sabbath candle for each child after they are born. The innovation is to add an unlit candle to our candelabrum during the pregnancy. It will stay there throughout the months of waiting, a symbol of our expectation. In the happy event of our baby's arrival, it will join its fellow candles and will be lit every week with the others to welcome the Sabbath. And if the expectation of this new life is prematurely disappointed, we can burn the candle down and use it like mini-yahrzeit candle, which is important to us as there are no traditional Jewish mourning practices for miscarriages. We love this ritual and thank you!
- New York, NY
I'm so happy to have found your site! I feel like I've come home. I love ritual, and have been writing my own Passover haggadah for years, as well as a variety of other rituals. Thanks you for this wonderful site.
- Lakewood, WA
I just wanted to congratulate you on a terrific website. A student of mine who is now off at college e-mailed me looking for resources on the mikvah for a project she was working on. I happily pointed her to ritualwell and its numerous rituals that use the mikvah in so many ways, and she was delighted. Yasher koach!
- Ambridge, PA
I just wanted to say thank you for creating such an educational site. I am Jewish and recently married my Japanese husband. This site has been extremely helpful to me when teaching both my husband and his family about Jewish holidays and customs. Thank you again for providing such a great resource.
- San Francisco, CA