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Nov 13 2012

Behind the Scenes of My Daughter’s Baby Naming

By at 1:04 pm

baby naming ceremony at synagogueTime flies! It’s hard to believe I have a 3-month-old baby and will be heading back to work after the Thanksgiving holiday (boo!). Since she wasn’t a boy, we weren’t rushed to have a bris, but I always knew I wanted a Baby Naming Ceremony. I have been to many ceremonies, usually just a small moment in a Shabbat service, and never really thought too much about it, until it was my baby.

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Oct 15 2012

Name the Next Kveller Baby

By at 5:24 pm

debbie kolben pregnantFellow baby name fanatics: We have an assignment, and we can’t waste any time. Kveller’s editor, Deborah Kolben, is due in early November, and she wants our help. This baby girl will not go without the perfect name. Not on my watch.

Friends and family know that I’m something of a baby name enthusiast, to put it mildly. At one point I seriously considered changing our third child’s name when she was already 2 years old. Things got so out of hand that my husband demanded full naming rights to baby #4. Then, unlike with our other children, we adhered to the Jewish custom of waiting until the bris to announce our baby’s name. It was all very exciting and a great source of traffic to my blog. Read the rest of this entry →

May 4 2012

Choosing a Name: Too Goyish vs. Too… Biblical

By at 9:35 am

Figuring out a name took us a while...

Now that we’re nearing the sixth month of our pregnancy, my husband and I finally feel safe enough to try to settle on a name. I had suffered a miscarriage with my last pregnancy and didn’t want to do ANYTHING prematurely this time around. So, around month four, we started thinking about names for both boys and girls.

First came the issue of whether or not we were going to give the baby a Jewish name. We’re an interfaith couple, but my husband has no strong ties to any religion and 99% of the time defers to Judaism when it comes to life law, at least as long as we’ve been together (10+ years). That pretty much means that he’s never been a regular church-goer in his childhood, and always comes with me to High Holy Days, Passover, and the occasional Shabbat service. Read the rest of this entry →

Jul 29 2011

Roundup: Giving birth during the Bar Exam, not banning Circumcision, and Octomom

By at 3:30 pm

All the parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.


-It’s over! It’s over! Remember all that brouhaha about banning circumcision in San Francisco? Well guess what? It’s off the November ballot. “After a judge ruled Thursday that state law expressly preempts local jurisdictions from regulating health care professionals.” Where will Foreskin Man fly off to next? (San Francisco Examiner)

-Speaking of the law, a pregnant woman went into labor yesterday while taking the bar exam in Illinois. That wouldn’t be so remarkable except that she finished the exam! And then gave birth two hours later. Before the test she informed the proctor that she was nine months pregnant and asked for permission to leave in case she became a screaming bloody animal (what, was that just me?) went into labor. (Abovethelaw.com)

-Mayim Bialik tells all about choosing her baby names. Find out why she chose Miles Roosevelt and Fredrick Heschel and what their connection is to  the names Meir Rosh and Ephraim Hirsch.  (NameCandy)

-An awesome slide show about how to handle tantrums in public. (MadameNoire)

-Octomom and her brood on the Today Show. My favorite part is when Ann Curry has to rescue one of the kids who is trying to escape. (Today Show)

Jul 27 2011

New Quiz: Jewish Names

By at 1:47 pm

We’re rolling out yet another pop quiz for our Kveller readers today. This one is to test your knowledge on the ever important topic of names. From the biblical to the Yiddish to the modern Israeli names, this quiz will be especially handy if you’re currently trying to figure out what to call your little peanut (and we don’t recommend Peanut.) You can study up before hand at our Hebrew baby name bank or just fly by the seat of your pants. Either way, let us know how you do!

Take the QUIZ now!


Jul 18 2011

Mazel Tov! It’s a Girl!

By at 3:02 pm

The little bundle of joy.

Time for more kvelling, folks! Our contributing editor Jordana Horn just gave birth to a little girl named Gabriella Ava. We love the name and hope that she and her husband are adjusting well to parenthood. (If you missed their story, this is her third child and his first, so we’re wondering if he’s learned how to change diapers yet.)

While we’re sure Jordana’s thrilled not to be pregnant anymore, we can’t wait to hear her birth story and what life is like with a baby girl and two older brothers. Hopefully they’re waiting to indoctrinate her into their world of Star Wars and Legos until she’s at least a few months old.

Mazel tov, Jordana and Jon!

Jun 20 2011

Kveller Helps Name a Baby!

By at 12:30 pm

Kveller readers may remember the contest we had back in February to help name my friend’s baby. She wanted to honor her grandmother, Goldie, who recently passed away. The winning name was Orli, and I am so pleased to let you all know that my friend decided to use it.

Orli Rose was born on June 11. She showed up about 5 weeks early, so she’s still in the NICU, but doing well. Thanks to everyone who participated in our contest, and especially to MusicJulia for her wonderful suggestion!

Read about the contest here.

May 18 2011

Like the Baby

By at 2:32 pm

Photos of the Israeli Like Baby have been released today, and if you need help understanding that sentence, read on.

Israeli couple Lior and Vardit Adler really, really want you to like their baby. They also wanted to give their newborn daughter a really, really unique name. So, instead of flipping through a baby name book or our wonderful Jewish baby name finder, they turned to the most natural of really, really inspirational naming devices: Facebook.

Thus, the Like baby.

I don’t really know what to say. I mean, a baby named Like is, like, really weird, right? I guess that’s what they were going for, as expressed by the husband’s disappointment that the hospital clerk who recorded the baby’s name did not seem shocked or appalled at their decision.

The couple have made it clear that they chose this name not as a gimmick and they aren’t receiving an endorsement from Facebook. They just genuinely like the meaning behind the name. Er, they “like” it.

Little girl Like joins two older sisters, Dvash (which means honey in hebrew) and Pie (which is a delicious food). I guess it could have been weirder. The couple originally considered naming the baby Qing Yu Lang for no apparent reason. Like has spurred a rash of Facebook baby name jokes (she couldn’t have been named News Feed? Or It’s Complicated?) and we fully welcome your input below. I for one think Status has a lovely ring.

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