Category Archives: Birth/Bris/Brita Naming

Protecting the Babies

Garlic and red ribbons were placed on the baby’s crib to protect it from the evil eye, or demons. Lilith, one such demon, is specifically suspected of stealing small children for herself, since, as legend has it, she is forever … Continue reading

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Pidyon Haben

Pidyon Haben is a religious ritual that takes place on the 31st day of the male firstborn. The birth has to be a normal vaginal birth rather than a caesarian section, and there cannot be any preceding miscarriages or stillbirths. Essentiall”y, … Continue reading

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Bris/Brit Milah

Bris/Brit Milah refers to the circumcision that takes place on the 8th day of the newborn male, based on the covenant with Abraham.

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Brit Rechitza

Water. Washing. Welcoming. A ritual naming ceremony composed by a group of women rabbis suggests immersing the feet of the infant girl into water, reminiscent of Miriam’s song at the Red Sea, or Rebecca at the well. Also the covenant … Continue reading

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Honoring the Birth of a Daughter

(Excerpts from Women and Religious Judaism by ): “Despite the fact that numerous rituals have been developed around the naming of a son, there has been scant traditional ritual around the women in the picture – whether as mothers or as daughters….Ceremonies … Continue reading

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“The Eve of the Sixth”

“The Eve of the Sixth” is the first celebration for a newborn, male or female, in the Babylonian tradition. It takes place on the evening of the newborn’s fifth day (relates to Hamsa : to ward off evil spirits). The mother … Continue reading

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Naming

It is tradition to name a newborn after a deceased relative. This is to honor that relative, so that he may continue to live through the child, with the hope that the child will grow up with the same good … Continue reading

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