A child's name is significant in forming her identity; going through life as either Mackenzie or Maayan will probably affect her in many ways. Luckily, Jewish tradition offers some guidelines for…how to choose a meaningful name. All of these fall under the banner of custom or tradition--not law--so feel free to view the suggestions below as just that: suggestions. Pick what works for you. One Name or Two? Perhaps you--like many parents of Jewish kids in America--are looking to give your child both an English… >> Read More
So you've been invited to a Jewish baby naming? Mazel tov! Here are some notes on what to expect at this happy occasion.
Baby namings can take place anywhere, but it's most common for…them to be at a family's home or a synagogue. In warmer months, they might be outside. They might also be at a restaurant, depending on the size of the crowd. But don't worry, that's what invitations are for! 2. When? There's no set time for when a baby naming has to occur. Jewish law mandates… >> Read More
I glanced at the invitation, stroking a finger over the shiny silver and blue stripes. The teddy bear applique was sweet. I looked at the date and sighed. If it were almost anyone else in the…world, I would have sent my regrets and a thoughtful gift. Attending this party required a 600-mile round trip with a 3-year-old and a toddler, and would be bookended by close-of-the-school-year madness. The idea alone was exhausting. I massaged the bridge of my nose. I knew we had to go. This baby naming was hosted… >> Read More