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
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 name… >> Read More