April 13, 2011

Baby girl naming formula in the synagogue

English: May He Who has blessed our forefathers Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, David and Solomon and our mothers Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah bless the new mother _____ (mother’s Hebrew name bat her mother’s Hebrew name) and her newborn daughter and let her be known in Israel as _________ (girl’s Hebrew name bat her  mother’s Hebrew name). In recognition, the husband and father has dedicated tzeddaka in their honor. […]
April 13, 2011

Celebrating the Birth of a Jewish Girl

–Searching for a way to celebrate the birth of a Jewish girl– There is no arguing that the Jewish baby boy who comes into this world is given a grand and meaningful welcome. The Hebrew word for circumcision is Brit Milah, and it means covenant. The newborn boy is welcomed into the ancient covenant that binds the Jewish people and their Creator. In recent times young Jewish families have expressed […]
April 13, 2011

Simchat Bat example ceremony

Because the Simchat Bat Ceremony is relatively new, there are many ways of celebrating it.  This is just one example of a ceremony that includes welcoming the child (reception), praise and thanksgiving as well as blessings. Reception The baby girl is brought in to the room where the family and guests are waiting. She is carried in turn by the women in the family as a symbol of the chain […]
April 13, 2011

10 fantastic ideas for your Simchat Bat

The best thing about having a “simchat bat” is there is no proscribed ceremony.  You can choose what works for you and your family. Here are a few ideas for your Simchat Bat: You can celebrate an intimate Simchat Bat for your close friends and family over a shabbat meal on the Sabbath in which the baby has been named. Or you can invite many of your family, friends and […]
April 13, 2011

Simchat Bat “How To” Guide

Owing to the fact that the concept of celebrating a bat mitzvah for a Jewish girl is relatively modern, and it is less proscribed than the bar mitzvah celebration, there are many wonderful and creative avenues in which to mark the occasion. The first step is to make some decisions: Decisions – WHAT: Sit down with your spouse, close family member or friend, and get a general picture of what you […]
April 13, 2011

Naming your baby girl – in a Jewish naming ceremony

There are other names for a Jewish baby girl naming ceremony which include “Simchat Bat” and “Zeved haBat”.  What is nice about Jewish girl baby naming ceremonies is that one can be creative and insert a lot of personal meaning into the Jewish girl baby naming ceremony, at the same time as using traditional Jewish customs. –Traditional Jewish baby girl naming ceremony— Traditionally a Jewish girl baby naming ceremony takes […]
April 13, 2011

Customs before a Brit

Tikun Eliyahu The Tikun Eliyahu (also called Leil Shimurim – night of vigil or Vechnacht) takes place on the night before the Brit Milah. The idea is to have a night of Torah study beside the baby’s crib. This custom is based on the notion that a newborn should not be left unattended during his first week of life, since his life is considered to be in danger until after […]
April 13, 2011

Shalom – farewell, zachar – memory!

According to the Talmud, when the child forms is in his/her mother’s womb, an Angel teaches him Torah. However, once the child is born to the world, the angel pats him on above his mouth and the child forgets it all – this pat leaves a mark on our top lip. The newborn child’s mission over the course of his/her life is to relearn all that he had once known.  […]
April 13, 2011

What is a shalom zachar?

The Shalom Zachar is a celebration of the birth of a baby boy on the friday night after his birth After dinner on the first Friday night after a baby boy is born, it is customary to invite friends and family to a “Sholom Zochor/ Shalom Zachar”. This is loosely translated as “a time for wishing peace to the male child.” The Sholom Zochor is usually held in the home […]
April 13, 2011

A different kind of Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration!

OK, OK – this is an attempt at being lighthearted!  Personally, I think it’s great! Harvey wanted to celebrate his son Josh’s Bar Mitzvah in a unique and spectacular way.  None of that “keeping up with the Goldbergs” for him – Harvey was The Trendsetter himself! Having looked into a Bar Mitzvah cruise and a Bar Mitzvah Safari, he decided that his big surprise would be a Bar Mitzvah in […]