April 13, 2011

Comprehensive, helpful and absolutely FREE Bat Mitzvah Checklist!

The preparations for your daughter’s Bat Mitzvah can be overwhelming!  If you are three years before the Bat Mitzvah – or even three weeks before – and you want a comprehensive checklist to help you move towards your big day, grab our amazing (yet free) Bat Mitzvah planning guide!          
April 13, 2011

A beautiful and ancient Bat Mitzvah Prayer

The following prayer is from the Talmud, and the beautiful text is as meaningful today as it was over 2000 years ago when it was first written and is appropriate to be quoted at a Bat Mitzvah ceremony. Talmud Berachot 17a – Lawrence Kushner, Translator May you live to see your world fulfilled, May your destiny be for worlds still to come, And may you trust in generations past and […]
April 13, 2011

All about the Bat Mitzvah Candle Lighting Ceremony

Many Bat Mitzvah girls choose to have a Bat Mitzvah Candle Lighting Ceremony at their Bat Mitzvahs.  This is a very special ceremony which allows the Bat Mitzvah girl to dwell on people or ideas are important to her.  What is especially nice about the Bat Mitzvah candle lighting ceremony is that it is very flexible and you can use your own ideas to adapt it to what is important […]
April 13, 2011

Blessing for a Bat Mitzvah Girl

Hebrew: מי שברך אבותינו אברהם יצחק ויעקב שרה רבקה רחל ולאה הוא יברך את ___________ בת __________ שמלאו לה שתים עשרה שנה והגיעה למצוות, ונותנה שבח והודיה להשם יתברך על כל הטוב שגמל אותה. ישמרה הקדוש ברוך הוא וחיה, ויכונן את לבה להיות שלם עם ה’ וללכת בדרכיו ולשמור מצוותיו כל הימים ונאמר אמן Transliteration: Mi Sheberakh avoteinu, Avraham Yitzchak v’Ya’akov, Sarah Rivkah Rachel v’Leah, hu y’varekh et __________ bat […]
April 13, 2011

What Judaism is all about…

There is a story about a hassidic Rabbi, who was once teaching five years old boys in a small village in Russia to learn the Hebrew ABC – Aleph, Bet, Gimmel.  It happened that one day, one of the boys forgot to bring his ink bottle and asked the boy at his side for some of his. “No,” replied the latter. “I haven’t enough; you should have brought from home.” […]
April 13, 2011

So you’re making a Bris! Mazal tov!

If you want to give a great and memorable speech at your Brit Milah, but you don’t have time, confidence or the resources to prepare one, then you have come to the right place.  Contact us, and we will prepare your speech for you! The Bris (also known as Brit Milah), is one of the most ancient Jewish laws that exists. The first person to have a Brit Milah was the […]
April 13, 2011

“To Do List” for Your Brit Milah

So much to do – so little time!  Here’s a 13 point “to do list” for your Brit Milah to help you out! 1. When – The brit milah is on the eighth day of your baby’s life, most often in the morning.  The Jewish day begins at nightfall of the previous day. For example, if your son was born late Tuesday night, his brit will be scheduled for the […]
April 13, 2011

The Brit Milah Ceremony

The blessings and prayers have been translated into English, in the ceremony they are said in Hebrew  and can be found in the siddur. –The baby is brought into the room– At the beginning of the ceremony, the mother hands the baby to the kvatterin. Everyone present stands and greets him with the words “Barukh haba” (“May he who comes here be blessed”). The kvatterin then hands the baby to […]
April 13, 2011

Dear Mom, (and Dads, grandparents and friends…)

After having three beautiful girls, my fourth baby was a boy.  Many of my girlfriends had experienced the “trauma” of bris’ing their boys – but I hadn’t – until then…!  A day before my bouncing baby boy’s big day arrived; a friend called.  She gave me some unsolicited advice that turned my attitude to bris’ing my little boy on its head, and now I am burning to do you a […]
April 12, 2011

Customs in the week before the Bris

Shalom Zachor On the Friday night after a baby’s birth (and before his circumcision) Ashkenazi Jews often invite friends and family to join them after the meal to mark the birth. Food, drink, words of Torah and song are shared. Traditions: Often chickpeas and round lentils are served as they are symbolic of fertility and of the cycle of life. One Hebrew name for chickpeas is “arbis” and tradition connects […]