Parents frequently call a Mohel to find
out information regarding a Simchat Bat, or a baby girl's baby naming.
I have performed many "painless" girl baby namings across the region.
The ceremony consists of a few different
parts and honors. In the first part I offer some meaningful words of insight
into the girl's special Hebrew name as well as a blessing on behalf of
the family, friends, and community. The next part consists of the actual
naming ceremony along with a Grandparent's prayer in Hebrew and English
for everyone to understand and appreciate. Last, and perhaps most important,
the custom is to serve refreshments or a meal for all the guests to enjoy!
(What would a Jewish Simcha be without food?)
I provide the family with a Baby
Naming Certificate with all the proper Hebrew and English names and dates.
The truth is there is a tradition to name the baby girl in a synagogue
followed by a traditional Kiddush where the parents and/or Rabbi would
express words of gratitude for many blessings as well as the meaning of
the name. Friends and family come to share in the Simcha occasion. However,
today many families are having less traditional, more creative, baby-naming
ceremonies for their newborn daughters in their homes. These ceremonies
tend to be more similar to the Bris (circumcision ceremony) of the
baby boy, which often takes place in the parents' home. These ceremonies
are often less formal than the traditional synagogue naming events. But
they are special times for family and friends to get together and share
in the parents' joy and nachas.
The preferred choice of doctors and
parents in the MD/DC/VA area and beyond!
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