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Tuesday, August 1, 2006

CHILDREN: Sefer Hamedot


1. Anyone who cries and mourns over an upright man, merits to raise his children.

2. One must guard a baby that its head should be covered.

3. A man does not need to worry about the income of his children. For as they grow, their income grows with them.

4. One who causes his friend to neglect the commandment to have children, will go to the netherworld childless.

5. One who pressures his wife into doing a good deed, she will have children who are not worthy.

6. A woman who bleeds excessively, her birthing pains will be more steeped in depression.

7. A daughter of a Cohen (Priestly class) who marries an Israel, and a daughter of a Torah scholar who marries one without education, will not have children.

8. Fasting on Thursdays is an segulah for raising children.

9. The modesty of a woman merits her to have upright children.

10. Through the joy of the festivals, and through the proper donning of tefillin, one's wife will give birth to sons.

11. Sometimes, when one does not have children, and others pray for him that he will, he dies.

12. Through not upholding one's vows, one's children die.

13. Change of place causes one to have children.

14. Grown children do not die for the sins of their fathers. But in a place where the Name of G-d is profaned, even grown children die.

15. One who eats meat and drinks wine will have healthy children.

16. One who looks at the heel of a woman, and at his wife when she is in her days of impurity, he will have unworthy children.

17. One who lives ten years in the land of Israel and does not have children, he should leave, for perhaps he did not merit to be established by it.

18. What should a man to do merit sons? He should marry a woman who is fitting to him, sanctify himself at the time of marital relations, and ask the One to whom all sons belong.

19. Each one who conceives, he conceives in his own image.

20. A man should beware not to cut down a tree before its time, for this harms the raising of his children.

21. All who strive to give charity, merit to have sons who are great in wealth, wisdom and learning (?)

22. What should a man do to have children? He should spread his wealth to the poor, and cheer his wife before relations with her.

23. Just as it is forbidden to murder a man, so it is forbidden to cut down a fruit tree before its time.

24. Yoav, who did not leave a son in his stead, his death is described with the language of death. David, who left a son in his stead, his death is described with the language of laying to rest.

25. One who has a daughter first, the evil eye will not have power over (?).

26. One who raises an orphan in his home is as if he gave birth to him.

27. One who teaches his friend's son Torah is as if he gave birth to him.

28. Forty days before the creation of the fetus, one should pray that his wife will give birth to a son.

29. One who contemplates sexual thoughts, his wife also comes to have such thoughts. And when a woman has sexual thoughts, evil forces come to her in a dream, and through this her children die.

30. One who is adulterous, his wife will commit adultery on him.

31. One who burns his friend's crops will not leave a son to inherit him.

32. A woman who has had miscarriages -- at the time of birth, place an apple on her head.

33. One who takes upon himself to do a good deed, and does not finish it, buries his wife and children.

34. One who marries a woman for the sake of money, will have unworthy children, and will lose the money in a short time.

35. One who is involved in learning Torah and acts of kindness will merit to many children.

36. Children do not die for the sins of their fathers, unless they commit the same sins themselves.

37. Marital relations during pregnancy are beneficial to the fetus, to beautify it and speed its development, and that it should have a fine form and strength.

38. One who does not have children should go into exile.

39. Someone who competes with his friend's income, is as if he committed adultery with his friend's wife.

40. When a man is delivered into the hands of his enemies, it is as if he lost his children.

41. Someone who has sexual relations with a black woman or a male, or who had contemplations of idol worship, he will not have a son who is a Torah scholar, and if his son does learn, he will forget.

42. Good children are a great healing to their fathers.

43. Through falsehood, one's children die.

44. One who does not separate from his wife in her days of impurity, even if he should have children like those of Aharon, they will die. In contrast, one who does separate from his wife at that time, he will have sons who are fitting to be educated. (?)

45. One who does havdalah on wine at the closing of the Shabbat, will have male children who are fitting to be educated.

46. One who sanctifies himself in marital relations through conducting himself modestly will have sons.

47. One should be very careful that one's child not be nursed by an evil woman. For milk contaminates and milk purifies.

48. Chulant (a stew traditionally eaten on Shabbat) and oil give health to the fetus.

49. Someone who does not hold himself back from urinating, his prayers on behalf of his children will be heard.

50. The fetus develops according to the form of the parents.

51. Evil habits in a person's house are worse than the War of Gog and Magog (A war of immense proportions that will take place before the Redemption, according to prophecy).

52. One should come early to synagogue, before the dawn, and the life of his children will be lengthened.

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54. Through Channukah and the candles of Shabbat, one's children will be Torah scholars.

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56. Through the sins of false oaths, ceasing from Torah study, faulty mezuzot, faulty tzitzit, and causeless hatred, one's children die at a young age.

57. Someone who gives a tenth of his income, his children are saved from the sickness of "sampka" (?).

58. The Children of the House of Rabban suffer for the sins of the generation.

59. Through smelling myrtle on Shabbat, one merits to children who will be Torah scholars.

60. A bride's bathing before the wedding ceremony is an segulah against miscarriage.

61. According to how a man eats, so will be his children.

62. One whose sons die, he should not have marital relations during the week, only on Shabbat.

63. The drawing of a bow on Lag b'Omer is an segulah for children. Also, praying before the pulpit with melody is an segulah for children.

64. One must teach a child proper behavior from a young age.

65. The songs and praises that one expresses before dawn are an segulah for children. It is also helpful for a woman lacking milk, and for an evil woman who is bad-tempered.

66. One who belittles himself before his rabbi and tells him all his doubts, even though his rabbi embarrasses him for it -- through this, he will merit to have a child who is a greater scholar than his rabbi.

67. One who accepts suffering with love will merit to children who will live long.

68. The acts of G-d (acts of a name?) follow after the name of a man, for (check translation)

69. One who raises his voice in order to glorify himself through it, his children come to be kidnapped.

70. One lacking children should be regular in the use of oil.

71. Sometimes, by abandoning one's dwelling, one's children survive.

72. Through pursuing peace, one saves his children from death and exile.

73. Someone who does something, and afterwards it becomes a stumbling block for others, good is denied to his children.

74. Sometimes, because of the intensity of the love between a man and his wife, she does not conceive.

75. Usually, when a woman who was barren conceives, she has a son.

76. Through practicing fraud, one's children die.

77. A tzaddik possesses the power to curse a man, that his children will not be worthy.

78. One who hosts the Tzaddik in his home is blessed with children.

79. One who longs to do a good deed and does not merit to do it, will merit to children who will inherit his greatness, and will eventually do that good deed.

80. One who withholds someone's income, his children will eventually die.

81. A magnet is an segulah for children.

82. As a result of being involved with impure names or sorcery, or believing in them, one's children die.

83. When a man and his wife wash their hands and give charity before relations, through this they remove the spirit of impurity from the children they conceive.

84. There are women who raise only girls, and not boys.

85. Saying the scriptural passages about tzitzit with all one's heart and with great awe, and also clothing the naked, merits one to have male children.

86. A year in which the crops are blessed is also a sign that the Jews will be fruitful in children.

87. A woman who deals in witchcraft, her children will die and she will become widowed.

88. A nursing woman who is lacking in milk, her husband should mourn over Jerusalem.

89. Blows to one's sons come through falseness. Location can also be a cause.

90. One who gives joy to a bride and groom will merit that his wife have sons.

91. Also through being careful with the Shabbat candles, one merits sons.

92. A year with abundant rain is a sign that in that year, many sons will be born.

93. A man and his wife who curse themselves will not raise their children.

94. A segulah for raising children: Plant a variety of crop, and when you harvest it, give it to the poor, and do not benefit from it yourself.

95. One who casts unnecessary fear upon his generation will not have wise children.

96. One who does not have mercy on his children, it is clear that he does not possess holy intelligence.

97. One who does not review his learning and forgets it, through this, his children die.

98. Through sexual immorality, one will not raise children.

99. The name Elo-kah (a name of G-d), gives protection to one's children.

100. One who strives to give an income to seekers of G-d will merit that his children not be drawn into evil ways.

101. Through faith in the tzaddikim, one's children live and prosper.

102. When a male child comes into the world, kindness comes to the world.

103. One who gives grief to his father and mother, through this he will not merit raising sons.

104. One who pursues peace will merit seeing his childrens' children.

105. Damage to a door or a window is a sign of weakness in one's children.

106. Contention is a bad sign for having children, and peace is a good sign.

107. When a father has a bad temper, his children will be fools.

108. Through respecting one's father, one merits to male children.


1. One who suffers in the raising of his children should read the Biblical passages describing the Creation. Also, through this reading, one is saved from the curse of robbery.

2. Humbling oneself is a segulah for children.

3. (check translation) is damaging to the growth of the fetus.

4. Making efforts to free hostages is a segulah for giving birth.

5. The saying of the ma'amadot is helpful for having children.

6. A woman whose children die from the disease called sampkah, that is, zedushin, she should wash their bodies in oil, and then burn this oil afterwards when doing a ritual immersion.

7. One whom the many rise against, and challenge the veracity of his faith, and he defends himself with words that are well received, will merit having many children, and the world will be filled with his seed.

8. The letter hey (fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet) made out of silver, is a segulah for many children.

9. Sometimes the construction of the house prevents a woman from conceiving, as when the beams are not placed according to their order from the Six Days of Creation. In such a case, the house is as if it were destroyed, even though it is standing. This destruction comes and harms the woman, and she does not conceive.

10. One must look for a mohel who is righteous and G-d fearing. For when the mohel is not fitting, it can happen that the child will not be able to conceive when he is grown. Also, when the mohel is not fitting, the child can come, G-d forbid, to suffer from "falling disease".

11. One who has a son who is involved in studying the Torah, it is as if his father lives on.

12. The milk of a righteous woman is good for a child's fear of Heaven, and also gives him rule over this world.

13. Death of one's children, G-d forbid, comes through one's destroying the faith of his friend.

14. When there is peace in a country's government, the Jews give birth to master teachers.

15. One who guards himself, and also the time of sexual relations, that they be balanced -- that is to say, that he or the time be neither too hot nor too cold -- through this, his children will be great in wisdom.

16. One who has control over his desires, his children will not be drawn to evil ways, and through this, his money is blessed, and through this, he will not be put to a test.

17. Even a righteous woman who is not of respected lineage will have children who are unworthy.

18. In a time when there is an abundance of wheat in the world, it is a sign that males will be born. In a time when there is an abundance of wine, it is a sign for the birth of females.

19. One who does not have male children, should accustom himself to bring gifts to Torah scholars, and say the paragraph about the first-fruit offering. Also, he should increase his study of Talmud, and minimize his study of Aggadah, for studying Aggadah is a segulah for having girls.

20. Through learning the Halachic codifiers, until one is able to render decisions, through this one causes several barren women to conceive.

21. Sometimes, through being held in prison, one is saved from being barren of children.

22. Through charity one merits children.

23. A woman who is having difficulty giving birth, should hang the keys to the cemetery on her neck. Also, this key is a segulah for becoming pregnant.

24. Children die, G-d forbid, through the spilling of one's seed.

25. There are trees which hinder birth and raising children, when their wood is used to make one's bed. Conversely, there are trees which cause birth and raising children.

26. Parents who have lost children at a young age, the mother should make for her child a coat, that he should wear always until he matures.

27. When the Jews are fruitful and multiply, the non-Jewish nations renew harsh decrees upon them.

28. Self-mortification is helpful for giving birth.

29. Thorns are helpful for giving birth.

30. Someone who is born circumcised, it is certain that his imagination is good and pleasant.

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