I love creating baby-naming ceremonies!
Working closely with the parents, I put together warm and loving ceremonies with all family members participating. Some fathers use the tallit from their bar mitzvah, and kiddish cups are involved from a family wedding, as well. Family and friends often shower the child with candy and other sweets to symbolize their wishes that both the child and parents have a sweet life. And all attendees may receive a little bag of candy to take home.
I explain that naming is a way the Jewish people have of linking the past, present, and future, as a name of the child is taken from a deceased relative. It is the true realization of L’Dor va ‘Dor, which means “From generation to generation.”
These warm, traditional services involve the grandparents reciting short prayers and lovely blessings. With everyone present holding hands, I lead in Hine Ma Tov. The English translation is “How good and pleasing if people could sit together in unity.”
These ceremonies are rewarding, life-affirming moments in the new parents lives, and in mine!
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