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Issue #144 - 05/12
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Cycle of Life - Pregnancy and Child Bearing


Shalom friends,
babyWhen a child is born he or she begins a journey - a journey into our world, a journey into our hearts, a journey full of unknown. As human beings, we try to give this journey some guidelines; therefore we try to prepare the person for the next stage and we build rituals that mark the transition from one level to the next. 
The Ethics of the Fathers (פִּרְקֵי אָבוֹת)  list ages at which a person is obligated or allowed or expected to pass certain milestones of the life cycle:
בֶּן חָמֵשׁ שָׁנִים לַמִּקְרָא, בֶּן עֶשֶׂר לַמִּשְׁנָה, בֶּן שְׁלשׁ עֶשְׂרֵה לַמִּצְוֹת, בֶּן חֲמֵשׁ עֶשְׂרֵה לַתַּלְמוּד, בֶּן שְׁמוֹנֶה עֶשְׂרֵה לַחֻפָּה, בּן עֶשְׂרִים לִרְדּוֹף, בֶּן שְׁלשִׁים לַכֹּחַ, בֶּן אַרְבָּעִים לַבִּינָה, בֶּן חֲמִשִּׁים לָעֵצָה, בֶּן שִׁשִּׁים לַזִקְנָה, בֶּן שִׁבְעִים לַשֵּׂיבָה, בֶּן שְׁמוֹנִים לַגְּבוּרָה, בֶּן תִּשְׁעִים לָשׁוּחַ, בֶּן מֵאָה כְּאִלּוּ מֵת וְעָבַר וּבָטֵל מִן הָעוֹלָם: (מסכת אבות פרק ה', כ"א.)
At five years of age the study of Scripture; At ten the study of Mishnah; At thirteen subject to the commandments; At fifteen the study of Talmud; At eighteen the bridal canopy; At twenty for pursuit [of livelihood]; At thirty the peak of strength; At forty wisdom; At fifty able to give counsel; At sixty old age; At seventy fullness of years; At eighty the age of “strength”; At ninety a bent body; At one hundred, as good as dead and gone completely out of the world. (Mishnah Avot 5:21)
These are only guidelines and not all ages listed are relevant to our modern world. However, there are some stages that are celebrated in certain ways in the Jewish tradition. For example, an 8 days-old baby is welcomed into a covenant between him and G-d through ritual circumcision; at the age of 12, a girl celebrates her Bat-Mitzvah; and at the age of 13 a boy becomes a Bar-Mitzvah. 
On the next few newsletters, we will follow our life cycle from a Jewish and Israeli perspective flavored with related Hebrew words, idioms and songs. Let us begin today with the beginning – pregnancy and childbearing. Although this stage is essential for our very existence, it is not obvious and doesn’t come with no sorrow and pain, as expressed in the book of Genesis. Also, it is interesting to note that all of the four mothers of the Jewish nation (Sarah, Rivka, Rachel, and Leah) experienced Barrenness at a certain point of their lives. They all eventually enjoyed, however, fruitfulness and created the origins of our nation. 
בְּשָׁעָה טוֹבָה!
BeSha’a Tova!
Congratulations! (literally means “in good time” – a blessing for new beginnings)
שִׁירָה כֹּהֵן-רֶגֶב
Shira Cohen-Regev
Hebrew Teacher @ eTeacher Hebrew
Hebrew Words
מַעְגַּל חַיִּים
Transcription: ma’agal xayim
Part of speech: noun (construct chain), masculine
Translation: Cycle of life
מעגל חיים
Transcription:  Herayon
Part of speech: Noun, Masculine
Translation: Pregnancy
Transcription:  ubar 
Part of speech: Noun, masculine
Literal Meaning: embryo, fetus
Transcription:  leyda 
Part of speech: Noun, Masculine
Literal Meaning: delivery, childbirth
צִירֵי לֵדָה
Transcription:  tsirey leyda
Part of speech: Noun, masculine, plural, construct chain
Literal Meaning: labor pains, contractions
צירי לידה
Hebrew Proverbs
כְּרֵסָהּ בֵּין שִׁנֶּיהָ
Transliteration: kresa beyn shineha 
Literal Translation: Her belly is in between her teeth
Meaning: A woman in an advanced stage of pregnancy 
בְּעֶצֶב תֵּלְדִי בָּנִים  (בראשית ג, ט"ז)
Transliteration: be’etsev teldi banim
Translation: In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children  (Genesis 3:16)
Hebrew Song
eyx shir nolad
Lyrics: Yehonatan Gefen
Melody: Yoni Rechter
אֵיךְ שִׁיר נוֹלַד 
מִלִּים: יְהוֹנָתָן גֶּפֶן
לַחַן: יוֹנִי רֶכְטֶר 


How is a song born?
Like laughter! 
It begins from inside
And rolls outside
eyx shir nolad?
Kmo hatsxok
Ze matxil mibifnim
Umitgalgel haxutsa
אֵיךְ שִׁיר נוֹלַד?
כְּמוֹ הַצְּחוֹק
זֶה מַתְחִיל מִבִּפְנִים
וּמִתְגַּלְגֵּל הַחוּצָה
How is a song born?
Like a baby
In the beginning it hurts
Afterwards it gets out
And everybody is happy
And suddenly Wow (what a beauty)
He walks by himself
How is a song born?
Like a baby
eyx shir nolad?
kmo tinok
bahatxala ze ko’ev
axar kakh yotse haxutsa
vekhulam smexim
ufit’om eize yofi
hu holekh levad
eixshir nolad?
kmo tinok
אֵיךְ שִׁיר נוֹלַד?
כְּמוֹ תִּינוֹק
בַּהַתְחָלָה זֶה כּוֹאֵב
אַחַר כָּךְ יוֹצֵא הַחוּצָה
וְכֻלָּם שְׂמֵחִים
וּפִתְאוֹם אֵיזֶה יֹפִי
הוּא הוֹלֵךְ לְבַד
אֵיךְ שִׁיר נוֹלַד?
כְּמוֹ תִּינוֹק

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בֵּן בן
Meaning: Boy, son, child.
A name of one of the porters from the Levites in King David's time.
Citation: "And with them their brethren of the second degree, Zechariah, Ben, and Jaaziel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and UnniEliab, and Benaiah, and Maaseiah, and Mattithiah, and Elipheleh, and Mikneiah, and Obededom, and Jeiel, the porters." 1 Chronicles 15, 18


חֲסִידָה חסידה
Hasida (Chasida)
Gender: Girl
Meaning: Pious, righteous, kind; a follower of Hasidic Judaism - the religious movement of Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer (Ba'al Shem Tov); stork (a bird).
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