July 21, 2011

My favorite photographer in London

If you live in London, England and you are looking for a fantastic photographer for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, a wedding, engagement, a bris or any other family or communal function – you might as well stop your search right now.  Because I have found your girl!  Her name is Lara, her website is http://www.larasphotography.co.uk/ – and after you have taken one look at it, you will know why I am […]
July 7, 2011

Your Brit Milah/bris ceremony guide- just a click away

From the Sandek to the Mohel, from the Kvaterrin to the Seudah – there is so much to do and remember for your son’s Bris/Brit Milah.  Fill in the form below and we will send you a guide to the Brit Milah ceremony!
April 13, 2011

Pidyon HaBen: Cool customs and fascinating facts!

Only 1-of-10 Jewish families ever meet all the conditions for Pidyon Ha’Ben. If you were eligible for a Pidyon Ha’Ben, but did not have one, then you still can and should have one. Speak to your rabbi to arrange the ceremony! Some people have the custom to give their guests cloves of garlic and cubes of sugar to take home. These strongly-flavored foods can be used to flavor other quantities […]
April 13, 2011

So who exactly gets a Pidyon HaBen?

According to the Torah, Pidyon Ha’Ben only applies to a son who “opened his mother’s womb.” Therefore, all the following conditions must apply: The mother is Jewish, and she has never had a baby before, male or female. The baby was delivered in the normal way, not via C-section. The mother had no abortions or miscarriages prior to this birth. The father of the baby is not a Kohen or […]
April 13, 2011

The Pidyon Haben Ceremony in 7 easy steps!

1) Find a Kohen who will be happy to partake in this special ceremony. If you are unsure who to choose confer with your local rabbi who will be able to help you. 2) You will need five silver coins, containing approximately 110 grams of silver. Five U.S. silver dollars are often used, though the specific type of coins depends on where you are in the world. Once again – […]
April 13, 2011

Pidyon Haben 101

Pidyon Ha’Ben, literally means the “redemption of the first born son.”  The Pidyon HaBen  takes place when the first born who is male, is at least 31 days old. The ceremony involves “buying him back” from a Kohen/Priest in order to release him from the obligation of serving in the Temple. (see Numbers 18:15) Pidyon Ha’Ben, literally means the “redemption of the first born son.”  The Pidyon HaBen  takes place […]
April 13, 2011

The Jewish birth mother’s prayer

composed by Shelley List and Yael Penkower. English: Master of the creation: You have made me your partner in creating a new life on this great and wonderful day. My heart is filled with joy! Let my husband and family stand with me and praise Your mercy. For You did not desert me in my wailing, nor forget me in labor: but You fashioned from this great pain a great […]
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 […]