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Postpartum Culture: The Jewish Naming Ceremony

By Doula Tory

Burt&Scar_naming13- 55Recently, Doula Patti and I were invited to the naming ceremony of one of our favorite WBC families. What a blessing to share this day of ritual and celebration. What a blessing and a joy it has been to work with these beautiful twins!

The Jewish naming ceremony is considered to be one of the most important Jewish rituals and is a way of bringing blessings and good fortune to the new baby.

The baby naming ceremony is not only an opportunity to celebrate the birth and introduce the child to the community, but it is also a chance for the community to show their support and commitment to the physical and spiritual well being of the child.

Additionally, it is a time of dedication and benediction, and allows the parents to explain why a particular name was chosen.

Typically, Jewish parents give their baby a secular name as well as a Hebrew name to express their child’s individuality and unique personality while also enforcing the connection to previous generations and their place within the community. It is this name that will be used at his/her Bar/Bat Mitzvah, marriage, religious rituals and ceremonies.

A prayer shawl is used to symbolize the embrace of the covenant, family, and community.

I just love the opportunity to learn about different cultures, faiths, and relationships. Such an honor to be included in the new family’s beautiful beginning!

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