You know it's a new day in social networking (virtual and otherwise) when someone puts as her Facebook photo a picture of her pee stick home pregnancy test showing the two lines that indicate a baby…is on the way. While I don't personally know the woman who decided to announce her pregnancy this way, we have Facebook friends in common, which is how I meandered over to her page (procrastinating while trying to write a Sisterhood blog post). I love when technology and popular culture bump up against tradition, and… >> Read More
When you have a bris for a baby boy, the planning is pretty simple--if you like, you can just do what the mohel tells you to do and arrange for some lox and bagel platters. When preparing to welcome…a daughter, what, how and when you're going to do it is all in your hands (along with your rabbi, cantor, or others you call upon to help plan and lead the ceremony). This can be both fun and stressful--below are some of the things that will make your planning a little easier. The Big… >> Read More
Whether you call it a Brit Bat, a Simchat Bat, or something else, here are some key features of ceremonies celebrating the arrival of a new daughter.
• A song. Singing together is a…powerful way to create a sense of holy space, to distinguish the time of the ceremony from that which preceded it, and to bring everyone together in fellowship. Someone leads people in a Jewish traditional wordless tune, called a niggun, which is easy for people to join in, or a contemporary Jewish or meaningful secular… >> Read More