After the Termination of a Pregnancy

Through prayer and ritual during the month after the termination, the parents work through lingering feelings of guilt and sorrow.

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Into Your hand, God, I commend the spirit of my child.

The Eternal One is with me, I shall not fear.

B'yad'kha nafkid ruhat b'ni, Adonai li, lo ira.

Sylvia Rothschild is rabbi of Bromley and District Reform Synagogue in southeast London. She is also chair of the Rabbinical Assembly of the Reform Synagogues of Great Britain and lay member of her local ethics committee.

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Rabbi Sylvia Rothschild

Rabbi Sylvia Rothschild is a rabbi at Wimbledon & District Synagogue in London, England.