1. Prayer to Prepare for Conception
Like The Radiance Of The Moon
My God, Creator of beauty and purity
Molder of body and soul,
I am the woman now standing before You in prayer.
Purify me at brooks of water
Anoint me with myrrh and incense
Renew light within me like the radiance of the moon.
My womb which You have given me
Place a soul in my midst.
Then may my home be whole before You,
And my insides be lined with love.
A modern Israeli prayer to be recited before a plunging into the Jewish ritual bath, but can be used at other times as well. From “A Jewish Woman’s Prayer Book” by Aliza Lavie. Copyright © 2008 by Aliza Lavie. Excerpted by permission Spiegel & Grau, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.