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Jul 12 2013

Buying My Son from a Priest for a Few Silver Coins

By at 9:51 am

silver coinsI knew my life had gotten strange when I found myself standing in my in-laws’ living room, having recently purchased my son from a priest, as my husband threw chocolate silver coins down my hooter hider while I breastfed my son.

We were at my in-laws for my son’s pidyon haben, a ceremony where a firstborn male child who meets all sorts of criteria, such as resulting from a vaginal birth and not having a mother who is the child of a Cohen or a Levi, is redeemed from Temple service. I am pretty ambivalent about all things Temple-related so it wasn’t the top ritual to perform on my list. Breastfeeding in public while among a large group of elderly relatives was also not on the top of my list, but I had low milk supply and my son was latched on, more or less, 10 hours a day, so secluding myself entirely for months didn’t seem like a viable option.

My husband had apparently gone a bit bonkers from sleep deprivation, which was accounting for the throwing the chocolates down my hooter hider while yelling out “Fifty points! I am going to be able to win a cheap plastic toy!” Apparently the last level of sleep deprivation-induced insanity involves confusing your wife for an arcade game. Read the rest of this entry →

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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Aug 5 2011

New Quiz: Ceremonies for Newborns

By at 10:47 am

So you’ve just given birth. Now what?

If the words brit milah and simchat bat sound Greek (er, Hebrew) to you, you might want to take our new newborn ceremonies quiz to learn a bit more about the Jewish traditions for welcoming babies into the world. And if you’re already an expert, now’s your chance to prove it.

After you finish, if you’re still craving more intellectual stimulation, check out our other quizzes, including the Yiddish Food Quiz and Jewish Celebrity Baby Name Quiz.

Take the QUIZ now!


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