About Expecting Miracles
Finding Meaning and Spirituality in Pregnancy through Judaism
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Expecting Miracles is a collection of refreshingly honest and inspiring interviews with traditionally-observant Jewish mothers about their diverse experiences of childbearing- and the ways in which they have managed to make pregnancy into something more- into a time for personal growth, spiritual awakening, and real-life miracles. You will find yourself quickly drawn in by these wonderfully different, engaging, and vibrant women who represent a wide cross-section of the religious community- and you will find yourself laughing with them and sighing with them at the same time that you will be reenergized to approach your own pregnancy with new insights and understanding.
As you read the interviews in these pages, you will find yourself feeling over and over again that you are involved in an intense personal conversation with a close friend. Hear from a
- A midwife and mother of eight who encourages birthing mothers at the most intense stages of labor to pray for the redemption of the Jewish people. A first-time mother who recalls her mother’s miraculous pregnancy as the result of a blessing from a Chassidic Rebbe.
- A Yiddish-speaking mother of fifteen from Mea Shearim who “speaks with the Holy One Blessed be He like with [her] own mother.”
Have you ever asked yourself what Judaism can teach you about pregnancy? Interviews with Rabbaniot Chana Henkin, Tziporah Heller, and Emuna Witt will brighten up your pregnancy with some new ideas about how Judaism can make these nine months more meaningful. You will find that Jewish mysticism is a treasure-chest of practical ideas to make your birth a more positive and spiritually-fulfilling experience as you read unprecedented articles (available for the first time on this site!) on the approach to childbirth in Chassidic philosophy by Yehudis Golshevsky and mystical breathing exercises for the birth by renowned Kabbalist Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburgh.