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Prayer Previous to Confinement, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852) Prayer Previous to Confinement, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852) 2021-11-24 18:00:59 "Prayer Previous to Confinement" by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau was first published in his <a href="/?p=32040">תחנות בנות ישראל <em>Devotions for the Daughters of Israel</em></a> (1852), p. 58. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Marcus Heinrich Bresslau Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Conception, Pregnancy, and Childbirth 19th century C.E. תחינות teḥinot 57th century A.M. Jewish Women's Prayers English vernacular prayer
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עֲנֵנִי יְהוָה עֲנֵנִי Answer me, O eternal, answer me (1 Kings 18:37)
in this anxious hour, in the hour where joy and pain
are bordering so near each other.
Incline Thine ear unto me, O Father,
and listen to the fervent prayer of Thy handmaid,

grant, that the birth of my child be not afflictive;
shorten the pain, the anguish and anxiety, that now approach me;
cause Thy assistance to uphold me in the hour of danger,
and remember not the multitude of my sins.

Turn my pains into joy by the delightful sight
of a living, well-formed and healthy babe,
whose heart may be at all times dedicated to Thee.
Bless me, as Thou didst bless the pious Hannah,
with such a child, of which I may also exclaim with joy:
אֶל הַנַּעַר הַזֶּה הִתְפַּלָּלְתִּי
“For this child have I prayed!” (1 Samuel 1:27)

“Prayer Previous to Confinement” by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau was first published in his תחנות בנות ישראל Devotions for the Daughters of Israel (1852), p. 58.

In his preface to Devotions, Bresslau is clear that his prayers in English were adapted from traditional teḥinot that had earlier been published in France, Germany, and Poland. If you know of a specific prayer that may have served as the basis for this one, please leave a comment or contact us.




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