Come on baby, bite my pitom….

Post by Melissa

On Erev Shemini Atzeret, I heard a drash that featured an odd custom.  The friend I was sitting with and I were both a bit baffled and discussed it while walking to dinner.  In the end, neither of us knew much about it but were fascinated by it, so I decided to blog a bit and see if anyone else had any great insights.

Apparently, there is a minhag (custom) that a woman will bite the pitom off her husband’s etrog as a segula (sign – for lack of better translation) for easy childbirth.

The story told had to do with resisting the temptation of the etrog until then, showing that the woman is now stronger than Chava/Eve and thus worthy of not having the curse of painful childbirth put upon her.

So dear friends and readers — who knows more about this? I’m intrigued…

Where does this come from? Is it widespread? Does it only work if you are pregnant, or can I start doing it now? 😉 (I’ll take all the segula’s I can get on that one!)


Also, I just need to note that I am not unoved by or ignoring the release of Gilad Shalit (as anyone who follows me personally or the blog on twitter has seen).  However, I am still not quite able to process my thoughts into a coherent post.  Once I do, b’li neder, there will be a post full of emotions and reflections.  For now, life goes on for us and, baruch hashem, for the entire Shalit family.