Development of Brit Bat
The past three decades have seen the development of this ceremony with ancient roots and contemporary wings.
When my own daughter was born, I'd been collecting simchat bat and brit bat ceremony programs one at a time for several years, but I still felt at a loss about where to begin organizing our own. I realized that if I was struggling, many people probably were also, so I began doing research that resulted in a book, Celebrating Your New Jewish Daughter: Creating Jewish Ways to Welcome Baby Girls into the Covenant (Jewish Lights). It contains an exploration of the themes and issues related to simchat bat, and a complete collection of blessings, prayers, readings, and songs to choose from, as well as sample ceremonies. It has been gratifying to know that what started out as a personal exploration has ended up helping a lot of parents and rabbis.
Today, welcoming ceremonies for Jewish girls have become so popular that in many circles they have become an expected--if not yet universally practiced--rite of passage.
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