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
It's a girl!
While Jewish tradition is clear about the ceremony for welcoming a baby boy, there is no set ritual for welcoming a baby girl. In more traditional communities, the father of…the baby takes an aliyah to the Torah on the first Torah-reading day after the birth. A prayer for well-being is recited for the mother and the child, and the baby girl receives her name. Often the rabbi or parents speak about the name. In more progressive communities, this naming might occur on a Shabbat… >> 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