Tags: gomel, shehekheyanu, naming, priestly blessing, circumcision
The baby is brought into the community by his aunt and uncle.
Blessed are you who bear the divine presence.
Holding the baby, the mother says:
My son, my child, you have been as dear to me as my own breath. May I hold you gently now with the love to keep you close and the strength to let you grow.
Father takes the baby and says:
My son, my child, a piece of my life is you. You have grown to life apart from me, but now I hold you close to my heart and cradle you in my arms with my love.
The baby is given to his aunt.
The mother offers a prayer of gratitude for her good health.
Blessed are You Adonai Ruler of All, Who does good to the undeserving and Who has dealt kindly with me.
May the One Who has shown you kindness deal kindly with you forever.
Mother and Father say:
We have been blessed with the gift of new life. We have shared love and pain and joy in bringing our son into life.
By the way we live, we aspire to teach our son to become a caring and loving person. We hope that in seeking to fulfill himself, he will accept his responsibilities to others and to his heritage. We dedicate ourselves to the creation of a Jewish home and to a life of compassion for others, hoping he will learn from our example.
God of our grandfathers, God of our grandmothers, we pray for covenant love, for life, for good. Keep us strong together.
Baruch ata Adonai, m'kor hachayim m'sameiach hahorim im yaldeihem.
Blessed is the holy source of life, who causes parents to rejoice with their children.
Aunt gives the baby to Grandmother.
In Jewish folklore, Elijah is regarded as the forerunner of messianic days, the one who announces the advent of the Messiah. As we recall Elijah now, we rekindle our faith that every human life may yet bring about y'mot hamashiach, the era of harmony and peace for all people.
Grandmother gives baby to grandfather (sandek).
Baruch atah adonai eloheinu melech ha'olam asher kidshanmy b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu al hamila.
Blessed by the Presence whose sanctity fills our lives, we fulfill the mitzvah of circumcision.
Circumcision is performed.
Mother and Father, repeating after the mohel:
Baruch ata adonai eloheinu melech haolam asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu l'hacniso bivrito shel Avraham avinu.
Blessed by the Presence whose sanctity fills our lives, we bring our son into the covenant of Abraham, our father.
Blessed is the presence whose sanctity fills our lives and ripens fruit on the vine.
You have sanctified your beloved from the womb, establishing your holy covenant throughout the generations. May devotion to the covenant continue to sustain us as a people. Blessed by the presence whose sanctity fills our lives, we give thanks for the covenant.
God of all life, sustain this child and let him be known in Israel as _________ son of _________ and ___________.
May the father rejoice in his offspring and the mother be glad with her children. May you teach him through word and deed the meaning of the covenant forever, the word commanded to a thousand generations, the covenant made with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah, an eternal covenant for Israel. As it is said, "And Abraham circumcised his son when he was eight days old, as God commanded." Give thanks to God for what is good, for covenant love that endures forever.
May this little child _______ son __________ and ______________, grow into manhood as a blessing to his family, the Jewish people and humanity. As he has entered the covenant of our people, so may he grow into a life of Torah, chupah, and good deeds.
Parents speak about the name.
Parents bless their son:
May God bless you and keep you.
May God be with you and be gracious to you.
May God show you kindness and give you peace.
Parents and guests:
Baruch atah adonai eloheinu melech haolam sheheheyanu v'kiymanu v'higianu lazman hazeh.
Blessed be the Presence Whose sanctity fills our lives and who has given us life and sustained us and enabled us to reach this joyous moment.
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