How can creativity and a sense of commandedness be combined when confronting new ritual needs?
The customary quorum of 10 represents the community and its obligations to the child.
Overview of Liturgy, Ritual & Customs for baby ceremonies.
Do justice, baby!
Questions and answers about the ethics of circumcision.
Naming may have heavenly significance.
A covenant ceremony welcomes a child into the community of humanity as a developing moral agent, responsible for working to perfect the world.
Why mark a newborn's arrival?
When we welcome baby girls into the covenant we allow them to remind us of God's presence in the world.
The message to the one who is circumcised: The covenant involves pain and sacrifice as well as honor and sanctity. And it is part of who you are, branded into your flesh at birth.
From biblical to contemporary times, how Jews have practiced this ceremony of redemption of the first-born.