April 12, 2011

Jewish Boys names and their implications

At the time of Abraham’s Bris, God changed Abraham’s name from Avram to Avraham.  In keeping with that tradition, a Jewish boy is given his Hebrew name at the time of his Brit Milah. Judaism places a great deal of significance on a child’s Hebrew name.  It is believed that a child will live up to his name, so you want to give the child a name that you would […]
April 12, 2011

Cut and Dry: How to Talk to Kids About the Brit Milah

By Dasee Berkowitz Jewish parents who are having a bris (or brit milah) for their 8-day-old son, may find the ritual a difficult one to explain–even to other adults. It is not always easy to defend a practice that requires removing a part of the foreskin from a newborn boy’s penis. How then should parents begin a conversation about this covenantal rite of passage with their older children? While there […]
April 12, 2011

Torah verses connected to the birth of a boy

Jacob’s blessing to his grandsons (From Genesis 48:16) May the angel who has delivered me from all harm bless these boys. May they carry on my name and the names of my fathers, Abraham and Isaac, and may they grow into a multitude on earth. הַמַּלְאָךְ הַגֹּאֵל אֹתִי מִכָּל-רָע, יְבָרֵךְ אֶת-הַנְּעָרִים, וְיִקָּרֵא בָהֶם שְׁמִי, וְשֵׁם אֲבֹתַי אַבְרָהָם וְיִצְחָק, וְיִדְגּוּ לָרֹב בְּקֶרֶב הָאָרֶץ. Hamalach hagoel oti mikol ra yevarech et han’arim […]
April 12, 2011

Speech for your son’s Bris

You’ve got a new baby and your life has turned upside down!  You don’t have the time or resources to write a speech or Dvar Torah for your son’s Bris.  Don’t worry you’ve come to the right place! We will: Provide you with a unique and meaningful speech/Dvar Torah.  We will not recycle or used pre-written speeches! Discuss YOUR needs with you, and write a speech which expresses what YOU […]
April 12, 2011

The “all encompassing” Bris Dictionary

You don’t need to feel lost with all the Hebrew words and technical terminology that will be thrown about at your son’s Brit Milah.  Here’s a list of common words and phrases that you may find helpful. Brit Milah (or bris) – circumcision, literally means “covenant of words” –  the woman who takes the baby from the mother and brings him to the ceremony Kvater – the man who takes […]
April 12, 2011

Bat Mitzvah research project ideas and tips

Hannah, mother of 4 girls who lives in Israel, recently celebrated her second daughter’s Bat Mitzvah.  When she was considering how to mark this special occasion, she knew that her daughters’ Bat Mitzvah preparation was much more important to her than the details of the party.  She wanted her daughters to grow as Jewish women from the Bat Mitzvah experience. Jewish women heroine research project A year before her oldest […]
April 12, 2011

Chesed and Tikkun Olam on your Bat Mitzvah!

Chesed (kindness) is in fact one of the most important pillars of Judaism, so what better way to celebrate your Bat Mitzvah by doing Chesed and showing responsibility to members of our community who are in need.  Here are some ideas that you can use your Bat Mitzvah to demonstrate the value of caring for others, and social responsibility (Tikkun Olam). Design your own invitations and photocopy them instead of […]
April 12, 2011

Chelsea’s Bat Mitzvah Speech

A Letter from a Mother… Writing a speech for any occasion can be a major undertaking and a daunting task. When it comes to the preparation of a D’var Torah for a Bat Mitzvah, to be delivered by a twelve year old girl, in front of a packed synagogue, the challenge is even more profound. A few months ago we celebrated our daughter, Chelsea’s Bat Mitzvah in Melbourne. Her D’var […]
April 12, 2011

You’re nearly there – your final Bat Mitzvah List Tips!

If you have a week or two to go before the Bat Mitzvah, you have certainly sorted out all the important bookings, meetings etc.  But what about the small details – that can make or break a Bat Mitzvah.  We all know that to keep organized, having a list is the way forward.  So this article helps you work out what needs to be on your list to make sure […]
April 12, 2011

The very best Bat Mitzvah girl and parent speech!

You want your daughter’s bat Mitzvah speech to be one of the highlights of her occasion! She should share meaningful ideas, and impress friends and family! And perhaps you want to give a Bat Mitzvah parent speech which is memorable and funny!  But If you don’t have the time or resources to write a speech or Dvar Torah for your daughter’s Bat Mitzvah – you’ve come to the right place! […]