Darkei Emori Gemach

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From the Kallah Magazine blog:

The following appeared in a 5 Towns posting:

“I have a small ruby gemach. It is a segula for pregnant women to wear a ruby to prevent a miscarriage.. . Check with your local Rav for sources. If you would like to donate any ruby jewelry or money so we can expand the gemach you can call the same number. Thanks! Tzklu’ l’mitzvahs!”

…To give the poster credit, though, there is the suggestion to contact your Rav. I know of at least one rabbi in town who would tell you that such a thing is absurd. But perhaps it would work as far as the placebo effect does, which may have a calming effect, which is good to lower blood pressure. High blood pressure does endanger some pregnancies.

Note that there are some who are able to differentiate between this practice and that forbidden in Tosefta Shabbos 7:1 or conclude that we rule against that source, although I’m not sure based on what. According to them, as R. Aharon Lopiansky wrote (link), “this still does not make this a commendable practice, but rather a tolerable one.”

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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