A Ner Nishamah

By Lori Lefkovitz and Rabbi Lenny Gordon
Lighting a candle, symbolic of the new soul born into the world. Can also be used like a yahrzeit candle to recall the departed soul for whom the baby is named. Also a covenantal symbol.   more
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Some couples wrap the baby in a tallit, perhaps the one used as their chuppah, as a symbol of covenant. Others do so as a symbol of welcome   more
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Anointing with Breast Milk

By Alexandra Volin Avelin
Excerpted from an original babynaming ceremony in which the baby is welcomed into the covenant by anointing her with breast milk.   more
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Genesis 17:1-16

God makes a covenant with Abraham, commands Abraham to circumcise himself and his descendants, and changes Abraham and Sarah’s names.   more

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