Birth

The Meaning of Pidyon Haben

Redemption of the first-born son is an act of gratitude and humility.

Brit Milah: The Biblical Origins

Where the circumcision covenant comes from.

Contemporary Issues in Baby Ceremonies

Circumcision debates and intermarriage

The Power Of A Name: The Power Of Naming

Adam's naming of the animals raises complex issues, including the deeper meanings of our names.

Living Up to Our Names

God names Bezalel, giving him inspiration to lead.

Gay and Lesbian Adoption

With more gays and lesbians starting families, same-sex Jewish couples are faced with myriad challenges.

The Book of Names

Our names are our essence.

Jewish Parent/Child Relationships

Judaism commands us to respect our mothers and fathers — and provide for our children.

Historic Rituals for Welcoming Jewish Daughters

Long before the creation of contemporary ceremonies for girls, some Jewish communities had special customs.

What’s In A Name?

Just as the introduction of God's new name represents a shift in our relationship with God, our different names and titles also symbolize different relationships and interactions.