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Crafting Values-based Blessings for a New Baby

woman in purple sweater holding sleeping baby and siddur open to blessing of children

These values are taken from the Ribbono Shel Olam prayer at the end of the traditional Brit Milah/covenenting ceremony for a new child, with some progressive/expansive definitions. Parents can use these values to craft blessings for their child, or can be given to community members as a guide for them to share blessings during a Brit Milah/covenenting ceremony.

Hashuv: Feel important, prioritized

Merutzeh: Wanted, cherished

Mekubal: Accepted, welcomed

Hikravtihu: Intimacy, relationship 

Rakhamekha: Merciful, compassionate, patient, empathy

Kedushah: Sacred, intentional 

Tehorah: Pure, elevated

Patu’akh: Open, vulnerable 

Lilmod: Learn, curiosity

Le'lamed: Teach, share

Lishmor: Guard, protect

La'asot: Manifest, action 

Arikhut Yamim: Longevity, health

Yirat Het: Moral/ethical core

Osher: Richness, sustenance 

Kavod: Honor, respect

Timaleh Mishalot Libo: Dreaming, aspiration, passion 

Tovah: Goodness, kindness

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