Traditionally, in other words, the name given a child is considered to be a matter of great importance, having considerable influence on the development of that child's character. Although no codified rules exist to guide parents in the naming of their children, custom has evolved a variety of practices (minhagim) commonly accepted by Jews in different localities.Read more
Brush up on the basics of newborn ceremonies, from circumcisions to ceremonies for girls.
What is the purpose of a ceremony of welcome, of covenant, of naming?
A review of Jewish practices from the Bible to the present.
The debate about circumcision reflects religious, medical, political and psychological questions.
Planning a ceremony when your family is multi-faith or multi-cultural.
What to know about this ceremony for an eight-day-old Jewish boy.
From the ancient Near East to today.
How Jewish thinkers over the ages have explained the importance of ritual circumcision.
The covenant begins when God commands Abraham to circumcise himself and his offspring.
This man or woman on the "cutting edge" of Jewish ritual, performs Judaism's oldest rite.
Ceremonies for Girls
Jewish communities have had many special ways of welcoming baby daughters.
Parents face many choices in preparing a welcoming ceremony and party for their baby girl.
A mom gives a behind the scenes look at her daughter's naming ceremony.
An interview with the author of "Celebrating Your New Jewish Daughter."
Combining creativity and a sense of commandedness in new rituals.
A Parent's Difficult Decision
Circumcision reminds us of our partnership with God and the pain of fixing a broken world.
A conversation about whether the time has come to reconsider the practice of circumcision.
While Jewish critics have arisen in modern times, brit milah is still widely practiced.
How should parents explain this covenantal rite of passage to their older children?
In this book, Lawrence Hoffman asks why circumcision holds such an important place in the Jewish psyche.