How to Incorporate Tzedakah into Your Babynaming

Found In: Covenant & Naming Rituals, Pursuing Justice

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Use your simcha as an opportunity to share your joy with the greater community and to express an important value. This can be done in a variety of ways:

  • Make a gift to a charity or charities of your choice equal to the numerical equivalent of your daughter's name. (Every Hebrew letter has a numerical equivalenthence Abraham is 1+2+200+5+40 or $247.)
  • Set up a mitzvah crib at your naming or in your synagogue. Ask people to bring toys, baby clothes, and children's books to donate to a needy organization, like a children's home or hospital.
  • Invite your guests to make a gift to a charity of your choice in lieu of a baby gift. Consider appropriate choices like Planned Parenthood or Jewish Family and Children's Services.

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