So, You have just had a girl.

Mazal Tov!

 

Just because 

she is born with no need for a physical ritual change is no reason not to celebrate her joining the family. our people, and all humanity with as much love, excitement, and celebration as we do for our sons.

Have you set the date?

Your choice is much wider.  Which is good because you have more options, but diufficult because now everyone can tell you what day is good for them.  Contact me and we can set the Brit Bat on the best day.

 

Have you picked out a name?

Are you naming her for someone?  At a Brit Bat, as at a Bris, we use ritual oblects -- a tallis for the prophet Elijah, a kiddush cup, a kippah, and candlesticks.  If the person or people that you are naming for left any of those items, try to see if you can borrow them for the ceremony.  After all, if her candlesticks are available, aren't those the ones we should use?

 

If you can, try to get the Hebrew / Yiddish name of the person or people that you are naming for.  If you like it -- great -- you can give that name to your daughter.  If not, then maybe we can find one together that has a similar sound or meaning.  Let me know if I can help.  

 

 

Who would you like to give honors to?

Think about who will be at the ceremony that you would like to honor.  When we talk, we will go through the honors available and match those to the people on your list.

 

Know that this is your mitzvah.

This ceremony is merely one to celebrate your new miracle that is now with us.  The principle of Hiddur Mitzvah (beautifying a mitzvah) means we should make this celebration as beautiful and meaningful as can be.  As that is idfferent for each family, don't be shy to tell me which prayers, readings, songs, etc. you would like and which ones you want to change or omit.

 

Together, we will make a ceremony that is loving, meaningful, fun, and memorable for all who atend.

 

Want more info or to schedule a ceremony.  Contact me.

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