Birth

When She Arrives

How can creativity and a sense of commandedness be combined when confronting new ritual needs?

Why the Minyan? Community and Brit Milah

The customary quorum of 10 represents the community and its obligations to the child.

Liturgy, Ritual, and Custom for Babies

Overview of Liturgy, Ritual & Customs for baby ceremonies.

Is Brit Milah Cruel and Unnecessary?

Questions and answers about the ethics of circumcision.

The Importance of a Hebrew Name

Naming may have heavenly significance.

Baby Naming and the Covenant

A covenant ceremony welcomes a child into the community of humanity as a developing moral agent, responsible for working to perfect the world.

Baby Ceremonies

Why mark a newborn's arrival?

Recognizing God’s Presence

When we welcome baby girls into the covenant we allow them to remind us of God's presence in the world.

A Historical View of Pidyon HaBen

From biblical to contemporary times, how Jews have practiced this ceremony of redemption of the first-born.

Some Meanings of Brit Milah

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.